Patrick Henry enslaved people, pushing these students to rename their north Minneapolis high school


November 16, 2023

Leila Navidi, Star Tribune

Patrick Henry students Davontae White-Sledge, left, and Jeremie Niyonkuru took part in the renaming effort.

When Davontae White-Sledge began his freshman year at Patrick Henry High, he had never heard of the building's namesake. The first time he wore the north Minneapolis school's red and gray football uniform, one of his classmates told him all he wanted to know.

"I heard he was a slave owner," White-Sledge said in an interview. "That threw me off right away."

Now a senior, White-Sledge is part of a group tasked with finding a new moniker for the North Side high school. On Tuesday, Minneapolis Public Schools interim Superintendent Rochelle Cox officially recommended the school board name the building after the neighborhood where it's located and call it Camden High starting next fall.


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