Student cites slave owner legacy in effort to change the name of James Madison Memorial High School (WI)

When most high school students enter their senior year, many are thinking ahead to graduation and going off to college.

But when Mya Berry started the school year at James Madison Memorial High School, she had a very different thought in mind.

“I came up with the idea in October of my senior year,” Berry said.

Berry said it started with a classroom assignment.

“We had the option to give a senior quote. And I had previously done some research on my school name and saw a video.”

That’s when she realized, the school’s namesake, James Madison, the 4th president of the United States, was a former slave owner.

Berry said she took offense to the name and the legacy attached to it and vowed to do something to get it changed. WKOW

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