Fairfax’s Lanier Middle School to be renamed after school board vote

The City of Fairfax School Board in Virginia voted to change the name of Lanier Middle School on Monday.

The 4-1 vote will pivot away from Sidney Lanier, who was not a general for the Confederacy, but served in the Confederate Army from 1861-1865, and later became known as the “poet of the Confederacy.”

The school board will collect new suggestions through Friday.

Ideas for new names can be submitted online.

See WTOP News Partner NBC Washington’s story below.

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William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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