(Roanoke, Va.) — Another Virginia school named for a Confederate general has changed names.
After considering the change for months, the Roanoke School Board has voted to rename Stonewall Jackson Middle School after former railroad executive John P. Fishwick.
Supporters note the school is racially diverse and say the Confederate moniker was devisive. Officials say changing the name could cost as must as $170,000.
The board deliberated for about an hour inside the William Fleming High School auditorium before voting 6-1 to rename the school and then voting to approve the new name prior to the coming school year.
Fishwick was born in 1916 in southeast Roanoke to English immigrant parents. He attended the school and grew up to lead the railroad then based in Roanoke.