California School District Votes to Eliminate ‘Dixie’ From Its Name

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A school district in San Rafael, California voted on April 16 to change its name, which critics argued has ties to the Confederacy and slavery. Opponents of the name change argued that Dixie School District is actually named after a Native American woman.

The Dixie School District voted 3-1-0 in favor of changing the district’s and an elementary school’s name by August 22, the first day of school, the Marin Independent Journal reported. The bid to change the district’s name was a long-term effort, which divided the wealthy city of San Rafael.

In a petition to change the school district’s name, supporters said that a host of schools in the South, including The Citadel (a military college in South Carolina) and several high schools have done away with the Dixie name. The petition noted that country singer Dolly Parton and Disney have also nixed their connections…

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