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Julianne Moore Seeks to Remove Confederate General From VA High School

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Actress Julianne Moore attends the Alzheimer's Association New York City Chapter's 2015 "Forget-Me-Not" Gala at The Pierre Hotel on June 8, 2015, in New York City. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 01:37 PM

Actress Julianne Moore and producer Bruce Cohen launched a petition this week to remove the name of a Confederate general from their former school, J.E.B. Stuart High in Virginia.

"When our school was founded in 1959, it was named after Stuart, a Confederate General, to protest the 1954 Brown vs. the Board of Education ruling that ended the segregation of public schools," the pair wrote on Change.org.

"Today, this school is attended by a diverse group of students who should not have to attend a school that bears the name of a man who fought to keep African Americans enslaved."

According to Yahoo News, the Oscar-winning duo proposed changing the name of the school to Thurgood Marshall High School, after the first African American Supreme Court Justice and a civil rights leader.

"He was our neighbor and a member of our community," they wrote.

The pair said that during their time as students in the 1970s, the school symbol was Stuart riding a horse and waving the Confederate flag. They said that the flag was also featured at the center of the school basketball court and on their letter jackets.

In 2001, the flag was removed from the gym and the letter jackets, but Stuart remains the school symbol.

These days, nearly half of the school's students are Hispanic, a quarter are white, 14 percent are Asian, and 11 percent are black.

Moore's recent Hollywood projects include "Still Alice," a film about a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's. Cohen's credits include producing "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Beauty."

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