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Huntsville school system to ask state about renaming Lee High School

General Robert E. Lee

The Huntsville board of education has approved a resolution to ask the state attorney general if they would face repercussions for renaming Lee High School.

Originally named after Confederate general Robert E. Lee, the school board is concerned that renaming the high school would make them finable under the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, which is a law intended to protect Confederate memorials and monuments.

The act covers schools named after Confederate soldiers if they are 20 years old or older, stating that such institutions are considered “memorials” and cannot be renamed without a waiver. Lee High School changed locations in 2012. The school system faces a $25,000 fine if they act in opposition to the act.

Lacey Alexander is a digital intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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