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As renaming of J.E.B. Stuart High nears, divisions remain – The Washington Post

As the campaign intensified to strip J.E.B. Stuart High School of its name, Lisa McQuail’s friendships began to fracture. 

McQuail, an advocate for erasing the name of the Confederate general from the Northern Virginia school, was barred from an alumni group on Facebook, she said. So they communicated on the page “End Confederate & Segregationist Names for Public Schools.”

“I’ve lost many friends,” McQuail said. “It’s going to take years to rebuild the alumni community.”

The two-year debate in Fairfax County over the renaming is poised to end this week, with the school board expected to settle on a new name.