WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Walter L. Parsley Elementary School will be renamed Masonboro Elementary School.
The New Hanover County Schools Board of Education voted on the new name during its meeting Tuesday. The name change goes into effect for the 2021-2022 school year.
“I’m excited for us to move forward into this next chapter, and for all the great possibilities our future holds for our students, staff, and community. We will work hard to make the name Masonboro Elementary synonymous with academic excellence, where we nurture responsible decision-makers, who are cooperative, passionate self-learners respectful of diversity in a safe and caring environment,” says Dr. Robin Hamilton, principal.
The New Hanover County Board of Education voted in August to rename the school.
Board members had previously discussed the possibility of renaming the school because of Parsley’s role as one of the main conspirators of the 1898 Wilmington Massacre, when a group of about 2,000 white men brutally killed dozens of African-Americans and overthrew the local government. It remains the only successful coup d’etat in American history.