Jacob Jefferson, eight, listens to his mother, Davis International Baccalaureate Elementary School PTA president, Janelle Jefferson as she explains how a student driven initiative started a drive to change the name of the school named for the Confederacy's only president and will instead be named for the first African-American president of the United States, Barack Obama, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Credit: Rogelio V. Solis | AP

A Mississippi school named for Confederate President Jefferson Davis will be renamed for former U.S. President Barack Obama, The Clarion-Ledger newspaper reported.

Ninety-eight percent of the Davis International Baccalaureate Elementary School’s students are black, the newspaper reported. Obama was the country’s first African-American president.

“Jefferson Davis, although infamous in his own right, would probably not be too happy about a diverse school promoting the education of the very individuals he fought to keep enslaved being named after him,” Parent Teacher Association President Janelle Jefferson told the Jackson, Mississippi, School Board recently, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

Confederate symbols have become points of controversy again in recent months, as efforts have ramped up to remove statues in Maryland, Texas, North Carolina and other places. In August, a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, protesting in part the removal of a Confederate statue nearby turned violent and deadly, with one counter-protester killed and 19 others injured.

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.