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Should Vance High School be renamed?  Well that is the topic of discuss between Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members.

Zebulon B. Vance High School is named after a Confederate General from western Carolina who died in 1894.  He was a North Carolina Representative, Senator, and served 2 non-consecutive terms as Governor of North Carolina.  Vance and his family owned slaves and after the Civil War, he worked hard to keep Black people from being allowed to vote.

CMS Board Chair, Elyse Dashew, says, “a committee made up of school community members of that school to help determine the new name” and they will follow a “policy” that is already in place to help with the process.

Vance isn’t the only school in CMS that might be facing a change?  Dashew says they will be looking at the names of other buildings in the district.

The board meeting to start the renaming process will be held virtually on Tuesday, June 23, at 6 p.m.