The Alexandria school board unanimously voted on July 10 to begin the process to rename T.C. Williams High School. The decision was in response to a 100-signature petition the school board received on June 15 requesting that T.C. Williams be renamed. The school is named for Thomas Chambliss Williams, a former Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent who served from the 1930s to 1963 and was a noted segregationist.
According to alextimes.com, “While some people have been advocating for a name change for years, there was an outpouring of support for the change in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd’s death initiated a nationwide cry for racial equity, and as a result, symbols tied to racism and slavery are being removed across the country.”
As per alextimes.com, “In Alexandria, the appropriateness of the Confederate statue Appomattox, and its placement in the middle of Washington Street, were debated for years before the statue was suddenly removed on June 2 by its owners, the United Daughters of the Confederacy. In the greater D.C. area, the Washington Redskins announced just this week that the team would retire the Redskins name and mascot because of its portrayal of Native Americans.”