Ramsey Middle School renamed for Alan Page

Alexander Ramsey's name is emblazoned on the top of the school.
Alexander Ramsey's name is currently emblazoned in gold letters on the top of the school's main building.
George Dornbach | MPR News

Alexander Ramsey Middle School in Minneapolis is now Justice Page Middle School, following a board vote Tuesday night.

The name change follows a yearlong student-led campaign. Students involved in the effort said they didn't want to promote the legacy of Ramsey, a territorial governor who negotiated treaties with the Dakota. He called for Native people to be driven from the state during the U.S.-Dakota war.

Dominic Navarre, Najna Hussein and Olivia Bordon talk about the campaign.
Students Dominic Navarre, left, 7th grade, Najna Hussein, 7th grade, and Olivia Bordon, 8th grade, discuss their involvement in the "Rename Ramsey" campaign.
George Dornbach | MPR News

The school's new namesake is Alan Page, the former Minnesota Viking who went on to become the first African-American justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

District officials said they're working on details of the name change, including updating records and the school website and signs.

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