JACKSONVILLE, Fl. - He was a confederate general and grand wizard of the KKK.
And has a local high school named after him.
Many outraged residents are calling for Nathan B. Forrest High School to change names saying the name is racially insensitive.
Thousands of people have signed an online petition formally requesting the name to be changed. The petition aims for 75,000 signatures. Organizer Omotayo Richmond argues the name sends the wrong message and represents a man who enslaved, slaughtered and disenfranchised blacks in America.
This isn't the first time there's been a call for change. In 2006, people suggested the name be changed to Eartha M.M. White -- after a Jacksonville philanthropist.
In 2008, the Duval County School Board voted 5-2 to keep the same name. Current Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says he has no problem with change, as long it goes through the proper channels.
Students say the name doesn't affect them and they just want to go to school.