Tennessee elementary school removes racist mural

Tennessee elementary school removes racist mural

A Tennessee elementary school has modified a mural depicting a lynching and removed another of a Confederate flag after it received complaints over the “racist” works, according to reports.

South Cumberland Elementary School in Nashville made the changes at the school over the weekend.

“When the school was named almost 40 years ago, you didn’t have this conversation about the Confederate flag…We realize times have changed,” schools chief Janet Graham told the Crossville Chronicle.

One of the murals, which depicted the lynching, showed a man dressed in blue hanging from a rope tied to a tree branch near another person — depicting a “Rebel” mascot — standing in a red school jersey holding the Confederate flag.

Local resident David Clark had been complaining about the “racist” paintings to the school since December and made a Facebook post last week to call on others to demand action.

“These murals are in South Cumberland Elementary in Crossville. They are both in one public school elementary gym where all the children go to play every day,” Clark wrote in the March 2 post.

A Confederate flag mural in the gym at South Cumberland Elementary SchoolFacebook

“I have been in contact with school board and Janet Graham Superintendent since mid December about having them painted over,” he wrote.

“No action has been planned or taken as of today so I am asking people to call and let them know in a respectful manner, how you feel about these racist symbols being on full public display where children can see them.”

Clark continued: “Germany does not display Nazi symbols. This is not heritage, it is racism.”

The post garnered more than 400 shares and more than 780 comments, with many people thanking him.

The lynching mural on the gym wall has been painted over to no longer show the noose and an explosion cloud was added under the man’s feet. The Confederate flag was painted over with a solid red flag with the letters “SCE.”

A larger mural of a Confederate flag was also removed and replaced with the words “Dread the Red.”

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