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As another school year begins in Washington, D.C., one elementary school has undergone major changes. Like many older schools, it will now be housed in a new, updated building. But this primarily black Southeast D.C. school will also be shedding its’ decades-old name: Benjamin Grayson Orr elementary, named for the…

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Orr Elementary was once named after a Virginia-born slave owner, but the D.C. school has ditched the name to honor its first black principal. Since the early 70’s, the institution was named after Washington’s fourth mayor — Benjamin Grayson Orr — known for establishing the volunteer fire department, as well as creating a lottery to […]

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