This year has brought with it a national racial reckoning on topics ranging from police brutality to economic and educational disparities.

In Charleston, the community came together to demand what ended up being deeper than a cosmetic change: the removal of a Confederate general’s name from the former Stonewall Jackson Middle School. For many, the name was more than simply insensitive or offensive; it was a sign of institutional racism, slapped all over a public school.

In a video that was produced and originally published by WestVirginiaVille, co-producers Douglas Imbrogno and Bobby Lee Messer tell the story of the community effort that led to the renaming of Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

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