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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Over 1,000 people have signed a petition to rename the city of Lynchburg.

The city of Lynchburg is named after founder John Lynch.

“He believed in emancipating slaves,” Chief Public History Officer Ted Delaney said. “He had slaves but he freed all of his. He supporting recolonization, which is sending slaves back to Africa. He did not believe in perpetuating the institution of slavery in this country.”

The petition was started by Daisy Howard, who grew up in Lynchburg. Howard believes that it is possible to honor the city’s founder without using his last name.

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