A middle school in Florida named after a Confederate Civil War general has been renamed after “The Great One.”
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Stonewall Jackson Middle School will be renamed Roberto Clemente Middle School after a vote by the Orange County School Board Tuesday night.
The Sentinel says that the school opened 55 years ago and had an all-white student body, but it now predominately Hispanic and was the only school left in Central Florida named after a Confederate general.
The vote passed unanimously and was applauded by many.
Clemente, the Hall of Fame right fielder for the Pirates is one of the most respected members of the Latin community.
He is not only remembered for his baseball career, but also the humanitarian work. He died while ensuring relief supplies would make it to Nicaragua after a massive earthquake. The plane he was on crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff in Puerto Rico on New Year’s Eve 1972.
The waiting period for the baseball Hall of Fame was waived and Clemente was inducted in 1973.
Every year Major League Baseball celebrates Clemente with Roberto Clemente Day and this year every Pirates player wore #21 on their jersey’s in honor of Clemente.