the months since we first alerted you of the attempt by a small group
of agitators to change the name of Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall
Jackson Middle School in Hanover County, Virginia, much has transpired.
News of the possible name change spread quickly through Hanover County
and the reaction by citizens was swift and decidedly AGAINST any
changes. As of this writing, the petition to change the names has 2349
signatures, and the petition to keep the names the same has almost 8,000
signatures. You can access the petition here if you have not already
After several meetings where citizens spoke out overwhelmingly in favor
of leaving the names of the schools and mascots alone, the county set up
a survey to gather community feedback.
The results were overwhelming. A clear majority of respondents said the
board should keep the names of two schools named after Confederate
At its March 12 School Board meeting, the board, which has the power to
change the names, was presented with the results of a survey conducted
this year. A total of 76 percent of the 13,374 respondents said
Stonewall Jackson Middle School and Lee-Davis High School should keep
their names and mascots — the Rebels and Confederates, respectively.
Alumni of the two schools are the strongest supporters, according to the
survey results, with 85 percent of Lee-Davis and Stonewall Jackson
graduates saying the names shouldn’t change. Parents of students at the
two schools also showed strong support, at 83 percent.
The majority of the school board members have indicated they will vote
to keep the names. “The community has spoken to us – very loud and very
clear,” said John Axselle III, who represents the county’s Beaverdam
District and a proponent of the names. Only two members have come out
to say they would like to see the names change. Even so, the school
board did not act to silence the agitators, but put the matter off until
its April meeting, and we all know that the wishes of the majority have
been often ignored. We need to make sure that we do not take anything
for granted. The meeting is tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 10th.
CALL TO ACTION:
1) Please take a moment to contact each and every school board member
before Tuesday afternoon.Thank them for seeking community input. Ask
them to respect the wishes of the community and leave the names of both
schools AND the mascots as is. Request that they address the issue
tomorrow night and finalize the matter once and for all to end the
division and unnecessary distraction in our community and our
classrooms.(See contact info below)
2) Make plans to attend the School Board meeting tomorrow night.If you
would like to sign up to speak, please contact Kate Brown @
804-365-5402. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m., 200 Berkley Street,
Ashland, Va 23005. We need to pack the room in support of keeping the
HANOVER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CONTACT INFO:
Susan (Sue) P. Dibble, South Anna District - Board Chair
Phone: 752-6866; e-mail: SBemail@example.com
Roger S. Bourassa, Mechanicsville District
- Vice Chair
Phone: 559-8113; e-mail: SBfirstname.lastname@example.org
Marla G. Coleman, Henry District
Phone: 746-2650; e-mail: SBemail@example.com
Ola Hawkins, Ashland District
Phone: 357-3743; e-mail: SBfirstname.lastname@example.org
Norman K. Sulser, Cold Harbor District
Phone: 746-0331; e-mail: SBemail@example.com
John F. Axselle III, Beaverdam District
Phone: 798-7782; e-mail: SBfirstname.lastname@example.org
Robert L. Hundley, Jr., Chickahominy District
Home: 730-3415; e-mail: SBemail@example.com
Confederate Memorial Day Service, Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia, Saturday, May 12th, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
In 2014, the Virginia Flaggers revived a grand tradition of holding a Confederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond. This year, we are once again holding a ceremony, and invite all to attend.
We are pleased to announce that Sgt. Major James S.
Haymes, Jr. will bring the keynote address! Sgt. Major Haymes served the
museum formerly known as the Museum of the Confederacy from May 2000 to
September, 2016 as White House Tour Guide, Education Specialist, and
Manager of Museum Operations.
The service will also include a processional through the cemetery, music by Pipe Major David Hinton,
Color Guard provided by the Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters Camp #3000,
Honor Guard by the Captain William Latane Camp #1690, other special
guests, and a wreath laying ceremony.
Attendees in period attire wishing to participate in the processional through the cemetery, please arrive by 10:30 a.m.
FREE to the public, free parking, all are welcome.
Handicapped parking will be available, and the service will be
interpreted for the hearing impaired.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to bring greetings from your organization and/or lay a wreath.
PLEASE forward this email to anyone who may be interested in attending, and help spread the word.