SPLC Removes Stonewall Elementary School From 'Turmoil and Bloodshed' Confederate Monument Map
On Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a group whose "hate" labeling has inspired at least one terrorist attack, admitted fault and removed Stonewall Elementary School in Lexington, Ky. from its list of monuments to Confederate generals. That list had included 109 public schools, warning of "turmoil and bloodshed" unless all Confederate monuments — including schools and military bases — were taken down. As it turns out, Stonewall Elementary was not named after Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, but after a stone wall. Go figure. This is almost as bad as Robert Lee...
"We apologize for erroneously including Stonewall Elementary," Alex Amend, director of research for the SPLC's Intelligence Project, said in a statement. The school had been listed for over two months as a potential source of "turmoil and bloodshed."
Finally, "It has been removed from our interactive map and is not included in the data set we've been providing to journalists since Charlottesville."
That "data set we've been providing to journalists" was posted on the SPLC website in mid-August with this message: "More than 1,500 Confederate monuments stand in communities like Charlottesville with the potential to unleash more turmoil and bloodshed" (emphasis added). The page insisted, "It's time to take them down" (emphasis original).
That post also urged visitors to send a letter to the editor of their daily newspaper. "White supremacists incited deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last week in defense of a Confederate monument. We must show the country that [your city's or county's name] gives no safe harbor to such hatred. We must remove the monument at [location]," the sample letter read.
Even with Stonewall Elementary removed, the page still maps multiple dozens of elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools, and still warns of "more turmoil and bloodshed," with no mention of any error on the SPLC's part.
Back in August when the school was originally listed, locals complained that it did not belong on the list. "The school is in the Stonewall neighborhood and was one of a number of Fayette County schools built decades ago that were named for the neighborhoods in which they were located," schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall told The Lexington Herald-Leader at the time.
William M. Ambrose, author of a history of Fayette County's public schools, wrote that the Sayre family's home "was surrounded by an old masonry stone wall common to area farms." The Stonewall Estates subdivision was developed on land owned by the Sayre family and named after that stone wall.
"Portions of this masonry was used to build the entrance pillars to the subdivision. Examples remain on the north boundary, on Chelsea and Hyde Park Drive, and Buckingham at Arrowhead," Ambrose added.