Monday, April 9, 2018

Hanover County School Board to Decide Fate of School Names and Mascots – Community Says Leave Them Alone

 In 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 signed it:

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 leaders.

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.


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 names.

Susan (Sue) P. Dibble, South Anna District - Board Chair
Phone: 752-6866; e-mail:

Roger S. Bourassa, Mechanicsville District
- Vice Chair
Phone: 559-8113; e-mail:

Marla G. Coleman, Henry District
Phone: 746-2650; e-mail:

Ola Hawkins, Ashland District
Phone: 357-3743; e-mail:

Norman K. Sulser, Cold Harbor District
Phone: 746-0331; e-mail:

John F. Axselle III, Beaverdam District
Phone: 798-7782; e-mail:

Robert L. Hundley, Jr., Chickahominy District
Work: 550-9222
Home: 730-3415; e-mail:

Monday, April 2, 2018

Confederate Memorial Day Service Planned for Oakwood Cemetery - Richmond

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 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.