At its Tuesday evening meeting, the New Hanover County Board of Education continued its debate about renaming Parsley Elementary School.
Walter L. Parsley was a white supremacist and co-conspirator in the 1898 Wilmington coup d'etat. His grandson, also named Walter L. Parsley, inherited the family property in the Masonboro Sound area, and in 1999, sold a little more than 17 acres to New Hanover County Schools. Walter L. Parsley Elementary opened in 2001. Simple enough. But after that it gets complicated.