Kentland rebels mascot chosen two years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Jefferson County (hopefully soon to be the former home of the Southwestern Rebels) is not the only Indiana community where people are campaigning to change rebel nicknames. The same questioning of these divisive, deeply flawed symbols of group unity is currently happening in towns and cities across the nation.
One of the closest locations of this debate is in Kentland, Indiana. There, Elizabeth Kindig has started a podcast, The Regiment, to discuss the use of the rebel name at South Newton High School. Kindig notes that the name and mascot have been around since 1966 but is being reevaluated “in this historic moment” following the killing of George Floyd.