How to Rename a Monument

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DSA Night School
March 25, 2024

California has been a free state since it was established in 1850, but did you know that San Diego is full of monuments to the Confederacy and racist leaders from faraway slave states? Many have been—and are in the process of being—removed and renamed in recent years. 

In this presentation, DSA San Diego’s Education Committee guides you through the process of renaming these monuments. Here is the worksheet mentioned in the video that you can use when you want to rename a monument.

Sources & Further Reading


Other Oppressors



Thompson, Erin. Why Just ‘Adding Context’ to Controversial Monuments May Not Change Minds. Smithsonian Magazine. (December 18, 2020)

Stone Mountain


Teddy Roosevelt


George Floyd Removals

Nearly 100 Confederate Monuments Removed In 2020, Report Says; More Than 700 Remain

Racist Monuments in San Diego

Robert E. Lee school name changed (2016)

San Diego’s Other Confederate Memorial Sits in a City-Owned Cemetery (2017)

Plaque in Honor of Confederate President Jefferson Davis Removed from San Diego Park (2017)

Confederate plaque in San Diego has history of controversy, repeated removals

Jefferson Davis Confederate Plaque Removed from Horton Plaza Park

Horton Plaza plaque honoring Confederate president Jefferson Davis removed

Confederate marker removed from San Diego’s Horton Plaza

Op-Ed: California finally sweeps away most of its tributes to the Confederacy. What took so long?

San Diego Leaders Defend Removal Of Jefferson Davis Plaque

The largest Confederate monument in America can’t be taken down: It has to be renamed, state by state.

San Diego removes plaque honoring Confederate leader Jefferson Davis

Daughters of the Confederacy

2008 Local Daughters of the Confederacy chapter hosts annual luncheon

Other Memorials

Mission Education

Fourth grade mission model project could be history

Editorial: Good riddance to California’s ‘mission project’

Indian Labor at the California Missions Slavery or Salvation?

B. Bruce Anderson Memorial Flag, Long Valley, NJ

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Petition Circulates to have Andrew Jackson Post Office in San Diego Renamed (June 21, 2020)

Petition Calls for Name Change at Andrew Jackson Post Office in Rolando (June 22, 2020)

Petition to rename the Andrew Jackson Post Office in El Cajon circulates online (June 24, 2020)

Junipero Serra High School, Andrew Jackson post station, and the importance of who we choose to honor (March 12, 2021)

Rep. Jacobs Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Rename Post Office After Susan Davis (November 19, 2022)

H.R.9308 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6401 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego, California, as the “Susan A. Davis Post Office”.

Biden OKs renaming of Rolando post office after former Rep. Susan Davis (2022)

Rolando post office renamed for longtime San Diego lawmaker Susan Davis (July 6, 2023)

Ceremony Renames Andrew Jackson Post Office for Susan A. Davis (July 7, 2023)

Petition Demands Andrew Jackson Name Be Removed from the New Susan A. Davis Post Office Branch in Rolando Neighborhood of San Diego (July 8, 2023)

Petition: Remove Andrew Jackson Signage from Susan Davis Post Office

Andrew Jackson

H.W. Brands at Rancho Mirage Writers Festival

Wrestling with Jackson

Abolitionist literature and the mails in Jackson’s time

King Andrew the First

Susan A. Davis


Naming Post Offices Through Legislation

Not OK with Clay


Parents ask to rename Henry Clay Elementary School (March 14, 2023)

Parents say local school shouldn’t be named after slave owner (May 22, 2023)

San Diego Unified School District, Board of Education Meeting (May 16, 2023)

NotOkWithClay Letter to the Board (March 2024)

For a year, parents pushed to rename Henry Clay Elementary. But the new name, some say, is ‘insulting.’ (March 17, 2024)

Henry Clay

The Day Henry Clay Refused to Compromise

Henry Clay and Slavery

People Enslaved at Ashland

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