BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Residents of a Boston suburb have voted to rename the elementary school once attended by John F. Kennedy because it was named for a former slave owner.
Town meeting members in Brookline voted Tuesday 171-19 to change the name of the Edward Devotion School.READ MORE: 'My Angel': Mother Of Mark, Donnie Wahlberg, Alma Wahlberg Passes Away
It will be known as the Coolidge Corner School, after its neighborhood, until a new name can be approved at next spring’s town meeting.
Deborah Brown, who proposed the change, said, “No child should have to walk into a school named for someone who enslaved people.”READ MORE: 3 Die In Wrong-Way Crash On Interstate 84 In Sturbridge
Opponents called the name change an empty gesture that doesn’t address racism’s underlying causes.
Devotion, who died in 1744, left money to the town on the condition it is used for a school.
The future president attended from kindergarten through third grade.MORE NEWS: Pembroke Crash Leaves 2 Dead, Victims Identified As Joseph Birolini, William Hickey
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