Residents of Brookline have voted to rename the elementary school once attended by John F. Kennedy because it was named for a former slave owner.
Town meeting members voted Tuesday 171-19 to change the name of the Edward Devotion School.
It will be known as the Coolidge Corner School, after its neighborhood, until a new name can be approved at next spring’s town meeting.
Deborah Brown, who proposed the change, said, “No child should have to walk into a school named for someone who enslaved people.”
Devotion, who died in 1744, left money to the town on the condition it is used for a school.
The future president attended from kindergarten through third grade.