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For about two hours Saturday morning, protestors stood in front of Stonewall Jackson High School near Manassas. 

The Prince William County School Board is expected to hear suggestions Monday for new names for the high school, along with Stonewall Middle School. A decision on new names is expected June 29

With signs that included “Save Stonewall,” about 15 people organized the protest Saturday to call for keeping the name.

Another 15 people came out to the school for a counterprotest, holding signs that said "SJHS is no more," "Renaming it is long overdue," and "Honk if you're not racist." 

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Manassas resident Mark Davis opposes renaming the schools. 

"I came out here because it's gone too far," he said. 

Renaming the school is a slippery slope and political correctness has gone to the extreme, Davis said. 

"It's ridiculous," he said. "It's basically like book burning." 

Nokesville resident Roberta Haggerty graduated from Stonewall Jackson High more than four decades ago. She doesn’t want to see the name changed, either.

"I don't want to lose the name of my school," she said. "It's my alma mater. My heart is here. I grew up here. This is my community." 

Haggerty said the school's name doesn't have to do with racism and said Jackson was an honorable man. 

"We are alumni," she said. "We are not trying to cause trouble or hurt anyone." 

Bristow resident Nichole King-Campbell attended the counterprotest. She supports renaming the schools. King-Campbell is president of the high school's parent organization. Her daughter is a rising senior. 

King-Campbell said the school is amazing, but the name was offensive. 

"I am a military veteran," she said. "When you think you fought for freedom, but I have to drop off my daughter at a school named after a Confederate." 

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A man passing Stonewall Jackson High School on Saturday stopped to respond to protesters calling for Prince William County School Board to keep the school's name. About 15 protesters were at the school in support of keeping name. Another 15 counterprotesters were there to encourage the school board to move ahead with the name change.

For people not familiar with the school, she said she has to explain herself. 

"I have to explain it to my family in New York," she said. "We need a change." 

King-Campbell said African American and Hispanic children can perform academically better when they have positive role models. 

"You can't study history and not feel conflicted by the name," she said. "I'm happy to see a diverse group come out [to the counterprotest]." 

Barbara Keating, who graduated from the high school this year, attended the counterprotest to show her support for renaming the school. When she first heard about the idea to rename, she said she was overjoyed. 

"If you're against the name change, you need to step up and look at the history," she said. "Look back and see this is not what we want: a county to promote Confederate soldiers." 

Keating doesn't think the name is something the county should support, because the Confederacy supported institutional slavery. 

Keating said she felt welcomed at the school her freshman year. But she struggled to take pride in the school, because of the name. 

"It felt contradictory because I love the school but hate the name," she said. 

Coles District resident Angela Henz graduated from the high school in 2002 and helped organize the counterprotest. 

She said when she moved from Germany to the region, she was horrified of the Confederacy's legacy. 

"Coming here, honestly I didn't feel safe," she said. "I love the people I went to high school with. I didn't have school pride because of the name." 

County resident Katelyn Page, Miss Virginia 2020, held a sign that said "Make racism wrong again." 

"I'm here because it's the right thing to happen and it's going to happen," she said. "We are not going to stop until it does." 

(33) comments

Retired1

You can't change history. You can embrace it an learn from our mistakes as a Country. Here's the history lesson . Your history begins with your parents or in your home. If you were taught hate you will hate. Makes no difference what your ethical background is. Hate is hate and is taught. Wearing a Confederate symbol doesn't mean you hate. It means different things to different people. Instead of passing judgement ask? Do your homework on the civil war. Ask the Democrat lawmakers why they support a party that were slave owners?Do your homework why our Country exists. Most of the problems are because of the Media. Changing names won't change behavior or outcomes. Leave history be.

Iwouldntgiveabean

History can be changed with new discovery of primary and secondary sources, but that is besides the point. Everything you said is malarkey.

If you or anyone wants to learn, simply read. The following is the Declaration of causes of Seceding States:

https://www.battlefields.org/learn/primary-sources/declaration-causes-seceding-states

Why do you support the Confederacy and their symbols in one sentence, then spread falsehoods in another attributing slavery to modern-day Democrats? Are you not aware of the Southern Democrats?:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Democrats

Most of the problems are because of people that are ignorant, refuse to learn, and adapt to new societal norms. The Confederacy is full of losers whose whole 5 year existence predicated on the belief that white men should keep black men as slaves, and the South is still butt-hurt about losing.

covid2021

Links to Wikipedia. Last edited 8 hours ago. History changes fast. Why don't you protest the removal of all things Robert byrd who had ties to the kkk? Are you just waiting on the right Democrat to fix your cities that have been under their control for a generation? Trump is in office for 3.5 years and he is the problem of everything wrong when you have lifetime democrats who have done nothing to help the black community...for decades. Nevermind vote Democrat someone is bound to get it right eventually.

Iwouldntgiveabean

I have no idea what you are talking about in relation to History and Stonewall Jackson. Tangential arguments have no power here.

covid2021

You know they are tearing down non-confederate statues too now? What do they destroy when there are no more statues?

Iwouldntgiveabean

Statues get torn down. So what. There is a misconception that these statues are "historical". They are not. Monuments are erected to commemorate or dedicate an event or celebrate a movement or thing. The statue itself is not historical.

"What do they destroy when there are no more statues?"...Really? Do you think that people just roll through like the Tasmanian Devil and destroy whatever in their path?

Hal Haynes

Ask your parents why some people think that the position of a party 150 years ago is relevant to the party today, especially after most of the remaining racists abandoned it in the latter half of the 20th century, and why so many people can't tell the difference between changing or forgetting history and *choosing not to glorify its evil actors*.

If naming things after evil people is necessary for us to remember history, why don't we rename it Hitler High? What's that? Do you object to that? Why? Are you trying to change history? Are you trying to pretend World War II and the Holocaust didn't happen?

That's how people like you sound when you whine about "changing" or "rewriting" or "erasing" history.

ammitch

Except that is Germany's history, not ours.

godgoldnguns

This is a result of our public education system's failure to teach the reasons for conflict and instead reducing it to a collection of dates, weapons, and body counts. Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and other confederates were flawed (as all men are), but great men. Pick up a book written by them for a change. Stonewall Jackson for one loved God and his wife deeply and wrote extensively during the war. I would suggest starting there to love rather than hate your enemies. Erasing our history dooms us to repeat it.

Retired1

You are spot on. I get the feeling some of these posts are one sided. That's what happens when liberals become teachers. Kids get brain washed.

Remega

For some crazy reason the more educated you are the more likely you are to be liberal. It's almost like in order to be conservative in this political climate you must reject any actual learning so you'll believe whatever foolishness you're told with absolute conviction.

Iwouldntgiveabean

There are two types of students: those that just want to get through the day and do the bare minimum, and those that develop critical thinking skills and apply themselves. When "Liberals" become teachers, they provide the students a toolkit where they can determine for themselves what is truth (in terms of History). This is done by the utilization of primary and secondary sources, most of which have been scanned and are conveniently placed online. "Conservative" teachers (if you want to politically define them) more often than not, will not allow discussion nor the development of critical thinking skills. Y'know, the ability to question rather than the simple regurgitation of content read.

You still havent defended your "Ask the Democrat lawmakers why they support a party that were slaveowners". It's like you learned nothing since high school and never made an attempt to.

Retired1

I love me some beans an cornbread. I learned that working hard and being happy will annoy liberals. I also know that Democrats were slave owners because it's in our History books. Now try again

Remega

Lee and Jackson were racists and traitors that fought an actual war against the US in support of white supremacy and chattle slavery. Full stop. They deserve absolutely no praise or reverence and should be relegated to the history books and nothing else. What sort of 'Christian' would fight to keep others as slaves?

icrazyhorse

Trying to rewrite the past is doomed to failure. Where will it stop? Washington, Jefferson and many other Founding Fathers owned slaves - do we rename Washington, DC? Enough is enough - quit this nonsense.

Iwouldntgiveabean

We will now rename the geographic stretch between Atlanta and Savannah "Sherman's' Way".

ammitch

Everyone is against racism but this is going too far. We are destroying everything in the name of protest. If this is the case, then we need to not only change the name of this school, we need to burn and loot Mount Vernon, Monticello, etc. Lets take down the Pyramids and the Coliseum, the White House, the Capital, Georgetown University and many other historic places in our world that were built by slave labor. Finally, let's go after the black African tribal leaders that sold their people into slavery to the Europeans coming to the new world.

Joseph George for Neabsco District

This breaks it down as simply as can be. If you refuse to acknowledge it, then so be it.

https://www.facebook.com/NowThisPolitics/videos/290033115366971/?vh=e

Soily

I don't care whether the name changes or not. Changing the name will not make life better for anyone. But, if you are going to be consistent, change the name of Manassas first. Perhaps it should renamed Bull Run to erase its hateful confederate Democratic history. That'll take care of all our problems.

Joe Christmas

Confederate leaders and soldiers did not fight to keep slaves. They fought because they didn't want others telling them what they can and cannot do and then fought against armies that invaded their territory. Stonewall was one of Virginia's greatest men, and the left wing will replace it with a no-name person because of the color of their skin.

That doesn’t alleviate the fact they were traitors against their own nation and no traitors should be celebrated, especially since history shows us WHY they were named what they were named.

Joe Christmas

If Stonewall and Lee fought for the union, they would have been traitors to Virginia and their own families who lived there.

There were plenty of Virginians who did not commit treason against their government. I’m pretty sure that there were Nazis that didn’t believe in killing Jews or being the “Superior Race”, but were still charged with crimes and were not celebrated by those they tried to defeat.

Iwouldntgiveabean

I will share with you Mississippi and their reason for secession. Then I want you to provide me a rebuttal.

In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.

Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin. That we do not overstate the dangers to our institution, a reference to a few facts will sufficiently prove.

The hostility to this institution commenced before the adoption of the Constitution, and was manifested in the well-known Ordinance of 1787, in regard to the Northwestern Territory.

The feeling increased, until, in 1819-20, it deprived the South of more than half the vast territory acquired from France.

The same hostility dismembered Texas and seized upon all the territory acquired from Mexico.

It has grown until it denies the right of property in slaves, and refuses protection to that right on the high seas, in the Territories, and wherever the government of the United States had jurisdiction.

It refuses the admission of new slave States into the Union, and seeks to extinguish it by confining it within its present limits, denying the power of expansion.

It tramples the original equality of the South under foot.

It has nullified the Fugitive Slave Law in almost every free State in the Union, and has utterly broken the compact which our fathers pledged their faith to maintain.

It advocates negro equality, socially and politically, and promotes insurrection and incendiarism in our midst.

It has enlisted its press, its pulpit and its schools against us, until the whole popular mind of the North is excited and inflamed with prejudice.

It has made combinations and formed associations to carry out its schemes of emancipation in the States and wherever else slavery exists.

It seeks not to elevate or to support the slave, but to destroy his present condition without providing a better.

It has invaded a State, and invested with the honors of martyrdom the wretch whose purpose was to apply flames to our dwellings, and the weapons of destruction to our lives.

It has broken every compact into which it has entered for our security.

It has given indubitable evidence of its design to ruin our agriculture, to prostrate our industrial pursuits and to destroy our social system.

It knows no relenting or hesitation in its purposes; it stops not in its march of aggression, and leaves us no room to hope for cessation or for pause.

It has recently obtained control of the Government, by the prosecution of its unhallowed schemes, and destroyed the last expectation of living together in friendship and brotherhood.

Utter subjugation awaits us in the Union, if we should consent longer to remain in it. It is not a matter of choice, but of necessity. We must either submit to degradation, and to the loss of property worth four billions of money, or we must secede from the Union framed by our fathers, to secure this as well as every other species of property. For far less cause than this, our fathers separated from the Crown of England.

Our decision is made. We follow their footsteps. We embrace the alternative of separation; and for the reasons here stated, we resolve to maintain our rights with the full consciousness of the justice of our course, and the undoubting belief of our ability to maintain it.

Cooper

What do you mean they didn't fight to keep slaves - that is exactly what they fought for. The southern states couldn't survive economically without free labor, they saw a huge boom in their economy with the invention of the cotton gin - the "didn't want others telling them what they can and cannot do" was the others telling them they couldn't own human beings. That human beings were not property. Stonewall, Lee, Davis were all traitors and most of these monuments to them didn't get erected until the early 1900s when white supremacy was resurging in the south. Stonewall Jackson HS was built in 1972! The south lost, it is time to stop celebrating those who fought to own slaves in the United States.

Joe Christmas

That may have been Mississippi's official statement; however, the vast majority of folks most likely never read it or heard much about it. The reality is that virtually no confederate soldiers were fighting to keep slaves and no union soldiers were fighting to free slaves. You just had two sides fighting, one side mostly defending their territory and the other mostly fighting who they believed were "rebels".

Iwouldntgiveabean

Glad you bring up Virginia. Now read theirs:

The people of Virginia, in their ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America, adopted by them in Convention on the twenty-fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, having declared that the powers granted under the said Constitution were derived from the people of the United States, and might be resumed whensoever the same should be perverted to their injury and oppression; and the Federal Government, having perverted said powers, not only to the injury of the people of Virginia, but to the oppression of the Southern Slaveholding States.

Now, therefore, we, the people of Virginia, do declare and ordain that the ordinance adopted by the people of this State in Convention, on the twenty-fifth day of June, eighty-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and all acts of the General Assembly of this State, ratifying or adopting amendments to said Constitution, are hereby repealed and abrogated; that the Union between the State of Virginia and the other States under the Constitution aforesaid, is hereby dissolved, and that the State of Virginia is in the full possession and exercise of all the rights of sovereignty which belong and appertain to a free and independent State. And they do further declare that the said Constitution of the United States of America is no longer binding on any of the citizens of this State.

This ordinance shall take effect and be an act of this day when ratified by a majority of the votes of the people of this State, cast at a poll to be taken thereon on the fourth Thursday in May next, in pursuance of a schedule to be hereafter enacted.

Done in Convention, in the city of Richmond, on the 17th day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one, and in the eighty-fifth year of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

ammitch

There seems to be a lot of narrative about the south being traitors. This is not the case as they had seceded from the union and had their own government. At the time, they were an independent nation that was at war with the US. By your definition, the Founding Fathers were traitors, which I am sure you will use to further help propagate your false narrative.

Iwouldntgiveabean

Wrong. The Confederacy was never a nation. It was never recognized internationally and was referred as a "belligerent state". In July 1862, when a representative asked Britain to recognize the Confederacy as a separate and independent power, the prime minister, Henry John Temple, Lord Palmerston, advised Earl John Russell, the foreign minister, that recent military reverses indicated that the time for recognition had not yet come. Russell therefore replied that "In order to be entitled to a place among the independent nations of the earth, a State ought to have not only strength and resources for a time, but afford promise of stability and permanence." On the other hand, when the Union protested Britain's having any relations with the Confederacy, Russell stated that the protection of British interests there might cause him to deal with the Confederate capital and even with southern state capitals, "but such communications will not imply any acknowledgment of the Confederacy as a separate state." The French took the same attitude, so that both Britain and France acknowledged that belligerents obtain their rights from the fact of war rather than from recognition.

Conversely, on February 6, 1778, France and the fledgling United States of America signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance in Paris, France. The Treaty of Amity and Commerce recognized the United States as an independent nation and promoted trade between France and the United States. The Treaty of Alliance created a military alliance against Great Britain, stipulating American independence as a condition of peace. The treaty also required France and the U.S. to concur in any peace agreement.

But yet and still they came back? The Founding Fathers WERE considered traitors, to Great Britain. Do you think Great Britain would have been allowed images of General Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Bob Hancock, etc, to celebrate their “nice try” if we did not win the Revolutionary War? Does ANYONE get to be glorified after attempting a coup or committing treason?

larryclyons

Why support traitors. Stonewall Jackson had violated his oath to the Constitution. He supported the obscenity known as slavery. Because of him thousands of loyal Americans died or were horribly wounded.

We do not have memorials or name schools after Benedict Arnold, nor do we name our schools after Irwin Rommel or Heinz Guderian. So why are we honoring an enemy of the nation and slaveholder like Jackson?

Better the name be changed to a medal of honor recipient.

RR_Mikey

Some real "feel good" comments on here. The south is alive and healthy and as racist and closed minded as ever. Stonewall Jackson was a traitor to the country you 'necks proclaim so much to love and make great. Get that? The south seceded from the United State to protect slavery and traitorous soldiers led by Stonewall Jackson killed American soldiers on their own soil. Honoring a traitor is ridiculous. Find another name for the school and respect the minorities who were and continue to be oppressed by not keeping this traitor's name on the wall.

ammitch

Congrat’s, you found a way to use all of the words of hate except “lynching”. If I don’t agree with your position I am the one racist? Look in the mirror my friend. No one is oppressing you except you.

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