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Rally to keep the Robert E. Lee name held Saturday

Some supporters feel the name change will be costly for taxpayers.
Credit: Marlen Trevino

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Supporters in favor of Robert E. Lee Middle School keeping its name held a peaceful rally Saturday.

Community volunteer and organizer Debbie Cross feels it's important to keep the name because “it’s our history and there is so much pride in the school.”

She also said, "We just need to keep things the way they are and learn from it, learn from our history.”

Some supporters attended the event with signs that read "DON'T LET THE 1ST DOMINO FALL!" or "KEEP LEE LEE!, SIGN THE PETITION", some stopped by to sign the petition and others honked as they drove by to show their support.

The petition is not available online and can be signed at the rallies.

Ginger Moore was also at the event and said she thinks it's important that the name is not changed for several reasons. One reasons she cited was the cost associated with the name change.

"It will be very costly to change the names on stationeries and buildings and shirts," said Moore. "As a taxpayer I do not want to pay for it," she continued.

Moore also said, “As a teacher and educator for many years, I just think that we need to enable our children to research more about who Robert E. Lee was.”

Cross also said there is a third rally planned from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 in front of Robert E. Lee Middle School.