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Online Petition to Change Name of Fla School Named After KKK Leader

Online Petition to Change Name of Fla School Named After KKK Leader

A petition to change the name of a mostly black Florida high school named after an early Ku Klux Klan leader has gathered nearly 90,000 signatures.

The petition on Change.org asks the Duval Public Schools Superintendent to change the name of Nathan B. Forrest High School. Those involved say it's troubling that a school where more than half the students are black is named "for someone who would have kept their ancestors enslaved."

Forrest was a plantation owner and slave trader. The newly formed Klan elected him as its honorary Grand Wizard in 1867, though he denied involvement.

A district spokeswoman says the policy for changing school names does not include online petitions.

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