Obama Elementary School | Richmond Free Press


What’s in a name?

A lot, we believe.

And so we were more than pleased when the Richmond School Board voted last week to rename the elementary school on Fendall Avenue in North Side for the nation’s 44th president — Barack Obama.

What a welcome change for the students at the school that originally was named for Confederate J.E.B. Stuart.

Imagine the excitement and pride of the youngsters from kindergarten through fifth grade — 95 percent of whom are African-American — who can tell their family members and friends about attending a Richmond Public School named for the first African-American president in the United States.

How vastly different from the story of the man for whom the school was named when it opened in 1922. Even then, how could anyone be proud of a person who…

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