Donations back name changes for the schools in honour of Confederation

PETERSBURG, Va. Virginia school officials have received a $20,000 donation to cover the cost of changing the names of the three Petersburg schools who now carry the names of the Southern leaders.

The school board plans to vote next month on a proposal to change the names of A. P. Hill, J. E. B. Stuart and Robert E. Lee elementary schools.

A school spokeswoman told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the school received a $20,000 check on Thursday. That is $2000 more than the estimated cost of the change of outdoor signs, replacing doormats, and pay for other things to complete the name change.

She said that the donor wished to remain anonymous, but told her that she felt called to the donation for racial justice.

The officials of the School said that they had not expected to see such large donations.

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