Rename Robert E Lee High School

Take ’em Down Jax – will be hosting a Rally at the Duval County School Board Every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. located at

1701 Prudential Drive

Jacksonville FL 32207

Please Join in support

Robert E. Lee Senior High School is located in Jacksonville Florida in the Riverside and Avondale neighborhood of Jacksonville Florida.

Background from excerpt from Jacksonville.com (full article)

“Robert E. Lee High School was named for a Confederate general in 1928, during the era of Jim Crow segregation in Jacksonville. There were many, many injustices committed in this era that we as a city cannot make right. We can’t change the fact that, after dozens of African-American citizens served in city government here in the decades after the Civil War, 1906 legislation and gerrymandering prevented them from doing so again until the 1960s. We can’t change the fact that in 1914 over 48,000 Confederate veterans gathered in Springfield’s Dignan Park to found the racist “Lost Cause” movement and rename the park “Confederate Park” the following year. We can’t change the fact that Duval County Public Schools spent $12.04 per pupil for white students and only $5.47 per pupil for black students during these years. We can, however, change the names of these schools so that the students who attend them understand that we, as a community, reject the racist fantasies of the Jim Crow decades.”

Florida Times-Union March 27 2021

Robert E Lee was a slave owner who felt that enslaved men should merely suffer through enslavement until at a later time God deemed them worthy of forgiveness, and that the act of enslavement itself was a kindness.

/I think it however a greater evil to the white man than to the black race, & while my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially & physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things. How long their subjugation may be necessary is known & ordered by a wise Merciful Providence. Their emancipation will sooner result from the mild & melting influence of Christianity, than the storms & tempests of fiery Controversy.

a letter Lee wrote to his wife in December 1856 from atlantic.com

Board Member: 

Charlotte Joyce – District 6 Duval County

joycec@duvalschools.org joycec@duvalschools.org;

Principal:

Timothy M. Feagins

feaginst@duvalschools.org
Phone: (904) 381-3930

Assistant Principals:

Mark Ashman

ashmanm@duvalschools.org

William Spell

spellw1@duvalschools.org

Felisha Skipper

skipperf1@duvalschools.org

Region Superintendent: 

Scott Schneider             (904) 390-2030

schneiders@duvalschools.org