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School Named After Jefferson Davis Will Be Renamed for Obama

Parents pushed for change at Mississippi schoool

(Newser) - A school named after Jefferson Davis is getting a new name: Davis IB Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., is going to honor the nation's first African-American president instead of the Confederacy's president by renaming itself after Barack Obama, Newsweek reports. PTA president Janelle Jefferson says parents had been... More »

More Confederate Monuments Are Coming Down

Nobody wants to be the next Charlottesville

(Newser) - Cities across America, fearing that they could become the site of the next Charlottesville-style confrontation between white supremacists and their opponents, are stepping up efforts to get rid of Confederate monuments. Four monuments were taken down in Baltimore overnight Tuesday in a surprise move ordered by the mayor, and cities... More »

Civil War Sub No Longer a 'Corroded Artifact'

Years of cleaning reveal gears, cranks ... and a tooth

(Newser) - When it was raised in 2000, the HL Hunley looked a bit like the Flying Dutchman . Encrusted in a rock-hard layer of sand and shell, the hand-powered Civil War submarine that slumbered off Charleston, SC, for almost 140 years had to be painstakingly soaked and cleaned . But after three years... More »

Lawmaker Calls for Lynchings as Confederate Statues Fall

Mississippi's Karl Oliver says 'choice of words was horribly wrong'

(Newser) - A Mississippi state lawmaker is facing a firestorm after saying politicians who support the removal of Confederate monuments should be lynched. Four Confederate monuments were recently removed from New Orleans in an effort to "correct" history, the city's mayor tells Time . But Rep. Karl Oliver didn't see... More »

After Virginia Mayor Slams Rally, 'Bigots' Go After Him

Mike Signer says he's been targeted online

(Newser) - The mayor of Charlottesville says he has been targeted by bigots online after criticizing torch-carrying pro-Confederate protesters in the Virginia city as either "profoundly ignorant" or trying to instill fear in minorities. Mike Signer says the anti-Semitic abuse he's receiving is a sign of the "juvenile mentality"... More »

New Orleans Takes Down 'Lost Cause' Confederate Statue

Opponents shouted 'totalitarianism' as Jefferson Davis statue taken down

(Newser) - Workers took down a statue of Jefferson Davis in New Orleans early Thursday—152 years and one day after the Confederate president was captured by Union forces. As opponents of the move shouted "totalitarianism," workers removed the 6-foot statue from its 12-foot pedestal and put it on a... More »

Vanderbilt to Pay $1.2M to Zap 'Confederate' Name

University seeks to rename Memorial Hall

(Newser) - In an attempt to bury a relic of its past, Vanderbilt University announced Monday that it will pay more than $1 million to remove the word "Confederate" from one of its dorms, the Tennessean reports. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos called the inscription on Confederate Memorial Hall "a reminder... More »

Maryland's State Song May Lose 'Northern Scum' Dig

State Senate passes bill to modify Confederate-slanted Civil War anthem

(Newser) - No one seems to take issue with Maryland's state flower (the black-eyed Susan), dog (the Chesapeake Bay retriever), or even dessert (the multi-layer Smith Island cake). But the state's Department of Legislative Services tells NBC News that lawmakers have tried more than once to dump "Maryland! My... More »

University Moving Statue of Confederate President

Jefferson Davis will no longer be on Main Mall at University of Texas

(Newser) - In the midst of a continued backlash against Confederate symbols following the deadly shooting at a black church in South Carolina, the University of Texas at Austin said today it will be relocating a statue of Jefferson Davis, the Dallas Morning News reports. The statue of the Confederate president, which... More »

New Texas Texts: Slavery Was 'Side Issue' of Civil War

It was mainly states' rights that was war's impetus, per state education standards

(Newser) - About 5 million Texas schoolchildren will get their hands on brand-new social studies textbooks when school starts up again, the Houston Chronicle reports—textbooks that USA Today says are "misleading, racially prejudiced, and, at times, flat-out false." The beef with the new primers: They're in keeping with... More »

Confederate Sub May Finally Reveal Secrets

Cleaning of hull should shed light on why 'HL Hunley' sank

(Newser) - A Confederate sub that sank with its eight-man crew 150 years ago is nearing the end of a painstaking cleaning process expected to shed light on why it never returned to shore, reports AP . About 70% of the HL Hunley's hull has now been revealed at a lab in... More »

Coded Civil-War Diary Dishes on 1st Lady's Race

Southern officer James Malbone pens diary behind the lines

(Newser) - A wounded Confederate officer found time for a little fun during the Civil War while working behind the lines—by gossiping in his diary, and in code no less. The diary of James Malbone, now at the New York State Military Museum, includes entries on the Confederacy's first lady... More »

Rare Photo Found of Robert E. Lee Slave

Image of Selina Gray discovered on eBay

(Newser) - The National Park Service has found—on eBay—only the second photo known to exist of a famous slave owned by Robert E. Lee and and his wife, reports AP . The image, bought by the service for $700, shows Selina Gray and two younger girls, possibly her children. Gray served... More »

Mother Kidnaps Daughter to Avoid Vaccinating Her

Megan Elizabeth Everett wrote she didn't want her daughter 'brainwashed'

(Newser) - A Florida woman vanished with her 2-year-old daughter Lilly early last month, in an alleged kidnapping case said to revolve around vaccines, schooling ... and the Confederacy. In a note to Lilly's father documented in court records, Megan Elizabeth Everett, 22, reportedly explained that she didn't want their child... More »

'Flaggers' Unfurl 2nd Confederate Flag on Va. Highway

Confederate group stirred up lots of controversy last time

(Newser) - The Virginia Flaggers were so pleased with their first effort at decorating I-95 near Richmond with a giant Confederate flag that they've added a second, this one a 20-foot-by-30-foot "memorial battle flag" flying near Fredericksburg. The group, which says it's trying to honor the men who "... More »

Mystery of Confederate Sub Gets Chipped Away

Cleaning process could reveal why it sank

(Newser) - A century and a half after a legendary Confederate submarine mysteriously sank, conservationists in Charleston, SC, are still working to figure out why. Their latest step could be key: Experts yesterday placed the 40-foot HL Hunley in a solution that's 1% sodium hydroxide and 99% water, the Post and ... More »

Army College May Dump Confederate 'Enemies'

Redecoration starts rumors about portraits of Lee, Jackson

(Newser) - Is the US Army War College about to take down its portraits of Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and other Confederate officers? The institution in rural Pennsylvania is having a debate about it, the Washington Times reports. Rumors started when one faculty member took portraits of Lee and... More »

Giant Confederate Flag Raised Along Va. Highway

But trees make it hard to see from I-95

(Newser) - Some 150 years after the last major Confederate victory of the Civil War, a huge Confederate battle flag has gone up beside a highway just outside Richmond, Va. The Virginia Flaggers heritage group hoisted the 15-foot banner at a weekend rally a few miles north of the former Confederate capital... More »

'Southern Avenger' Leaves Rand Paul's Staff

Jack Hunter will return to punditry

(Newser) - The Southern Avenger rides alone once more. Jack Hunter has left Rand Paul's employ amidst a firestorm of controversy about his past as a Confederate flag-wearing secessionist shock jock and columnist. Hunter first broke the news to his friend W. James Antle III at the Daily Caller . "I'... More »

'Confederate Heritage Month' Is Appalling

Yes, Georgia really does celebrate this: John Avlon

(Newser) - When John Avlon heard yesterday that Georgia is celebrating Confederate Heritage and History Month, he thought it was an April Fools' joke. But no, it's real—signed into law by the governor in 2009 and celebrated by six other states—and Avlon talked to backer Ray McBerry all about... More »

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