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If You Don’t Want Your Political Dinner to Honor a Slaveowner, Avoid These 10 Names, Too

Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson (AP Photo)
Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson (AP Photo)

(The Washington Post) – If you’re a Democrat and/or you’ve ever attended a fundraising dinner for Democrats, it’s probably been named after these two men:  Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.

Jefferson-Jackson dinners, honoring the party’s former iconic leaders, are some of the marquee fundraising events for Democrats all over the country. Hillary Clinton has attended Jefferson-Jackson dinners in Arkansas and Virginia over the past month.

But the legacies of the two men could be in trouble.

Under pressure from the NAACP, the Connecticut’s Democratic party is dropping the two presidents’ names from an annual fundraising dinner because they owned slaves, reports the Connecticut Post.

If the state party’s decision catches on, it has the potential to reverberate beyond Democratic dinners to the hundreds of highways and high schools and libraries and of course, currency, honoring the two men.

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