Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s school board voted to rename the Barringer Academic Center after advocates claimed it honored a white supremacist named Osmond Barringer. But a journalist at WSOC, a local TV station, did some digging and found the district had named the school for Rufus Barringer, a former Confederate general and his son, Paul Barringer.
"Politically, Rufus Barringer was a Whig who favored African-American suffrage,” historian Marvin Krieger wrote in a book on North Carolina history called the “Dictionary of North Carolina Biography.”
"General Rufus Barringer was a progressive man, who became a Republican after the war, promoting black suffrage," a relative said.
Submitted: Dec 19, 2020