Nov 7, 2013

Nathan Forrest

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (AP) - A Duval County School Board member has formally requested that the board consider changing the name of Nathan B. Forrest High School - whose namesake was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Times Union reports that on Tuesday, board member Connie Hall submitted a letter formally requesting renaming of the school. Another meeting on the issue is scheduled for Friday.

Supporters of keeping the name say Forrest later disassociated himself from the Klan and objected to the group's activities.

Others say Forrest was a slave owner, slave catcher and a leader in the Confederate Army who helped found the KKK and that removing the name would help heal wounds from the past and respect today's community wish for a different name.
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