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

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NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST
Schools across the country still bear the names of controversial leaders, who at one point in their lives wanted to deny African Americans basic human rights. In this photo, 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, Tenn. | Spencer Platt via 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.