San Francisco Renaming Committee Moves to Erase Abraham Lincoln’s Name From Local School

Abraham Lincoln, the president responsible for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, is now seemingly being canceled by a San Francisco school committee.

Renaming Abraham Lincoln High School

The San Francisco Unified School District’s School Names Advisory Committee is led by chairman Jeremiah Jeffries. On Monday, December 14, a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle quoted Jeffries as saying, “Lincoln, like the presidents before him and most after, did not show through policy or rhetoric that Black lives ever mattered to them outside of human capital and as casualties of wealth building.”

Although some outlets have attributed Jeffries’ quote to Lincoln himself, not all presidents, the quote is still shocking. In addition, the San Francisco Unified School District is planning on renaming 43 other schools.

The school in question is Abraham Lincoln High School. Based in San Francisco’s Sunset District, Abraham Lincoln High School hosts an estimated 2,130 students from ninth to 12th grade.

According to Jeffries, no members of the San Francisco Unified School District questioned the chairman’s sentiments. In other words, they all agreed to cancel Abraham Lincoln and remove his name from Abraham Lincoln High School. They believe he was racist toward Native American and Black people.

The History of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, a long-time lawyer, was the 16th president of the United States. He took office just a month before the Civil War started in April 1961, his term ending on April 15, 1865, when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Considered one of the best presidents in American history, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, about 18 months into the Civil War.