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Yes, Schools In The U.S. Still Bear The Names Of White Supremacists

PULASKI, TN - JULY 11:  Members of the Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan participate in the 11th Annual Nathan Bedf
PULASKI, TN - JULY 11: Members of the Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan participate in the 11th Annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Birthday march July 11, 2009 in Pulaski, Tennessee. With a poor economy and the first African-American president in office, there has been a rise in extremist activity in many parts of America. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2008 the number of hate groups rose to 926, up 4 percent from 2007, and 54 percent since 2000. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War and played a role in the postwar establishment of the first Ku Klux Klan organization opposing the reconstruction era in the South. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

After years of debate, a barrage of media reports, and a petition that gained more than 162,000 signatures, Florida's Duval School District finally changed the name of a high school named for former Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest earlier this month.

Unfortunately, the district is not the last in the country to have a school named after a white supremacist. There are still schools with titles that commemorate leaders who, at one point in their lives, wanted to deny African Americans basic human rights. Still, a name change does not appear to be in the works for many of these schools.

Below we have compiled a list of these leaders who, despite having at one point held horrifying views, are still commemorated with school names, buildings or statues. It should be noted, however, that some, like late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, later apologized for their involvement with these controversial groups.

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White Supremacists With Schools Named After Them
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