Richmond’s CBS affiliate reports:
In a majority six to one vote, the Richmond Public School board voted Monday night to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart Elementary to Barack Obama Elementary School. Barack Obama Elementary school was chosen from a total of seven finalists.
Earlier this year the Richmond School Board voted 8-1 to rename the Northside school that honored the Confederate general. Students, parents, staff, and community members all submitted ideas for the school’s new name.
About 95 percent of the Fendall Avenue school’s student body is African-American. Many of the new school name options represent influential African-American Civil Rights leaders including Barbara Johns, Oliver Hill, and Henry Marsh.
J.E.B Stuart was killed in battle in 1864 at the age of 31.