Former Maryland congressman calls for Prince George’s County to change name of James Ryder Randall Elementary School

Former Maryland Rep. Albert Wynn said he is in favor of changing the name of James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Prince George’s County to something more representative of the local community. The school is located in Clinton, which is about 16 miles from Washington, D.C. Randall, for whom the school is named, wrote a poem in 1861 whose lyrics later became the basis for Maryland’s state song-Maryland, My Maryland. The song is considered to be pro-Confederate. Efforts to do away symbolism reflective of the Confederacy and individuals associated with the promotion of slavery have picked up steam since the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd last month. (Md Reporter)

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