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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Brea Burghers Try to Clear Name of Klansman Who Has School Named After Him, But Fail

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

In the ongoing fight to rename William E. Fanning Elementary School in Brea, a report written in November cast doubt on the historical veracity that its namesake once belonged to the Ku Klux Klan. Many years ago, the Weekly wrote about Fanning’s Klan past after his name appeared on a membership list of Orange County Klukkers housed at the Anaheim Heritage Center, a fact that later inspired parents and community members to challenge the Brea Olinda Unified School District board to change the school’s name.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

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