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Actress Julianne Moore is fighting to give a new name for her old high school in northern Virginia, named for a Confederate general.
According to Page Six, Actress Julianne Moore and Hollywood producer Bruce Cohen started a petition on change.org asking that J.E.B. Stuart High School be renamed for civil rights leader and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. By Monday morning the website collected over 29,000 signatures.
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In a statement to The Washington Post
, Moore said it is reprehensible that the school is named for “a person who fought for the enslavement of other human beings.”
Julianne Moore attended the high school in the late '70s. The school was opened in 1959 and was named after a Confederate general during the point in time when public schools resisted integrating public schools.