The owner of a carpet cleaning firm in Arlington, Va., will be renamed after the city honored the Confederate veterans who died fighting for the Union.
Masland, a carpet cleaner based in Virginia, is working with the American Civil Liberties Union to rename its carpet cleaning business after a local resident named John Henry Stetson.
Stetsons family is a prominent figure in the civil rights movement, serving as a chaplain to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In a statement, the Arlington City Council said Stetsos family was “a pillar of Arlington and the United States of America.”
It was not clear when the Stetsoning family would be honored at a future ceremony.
Arlington’s Mayor, Joe Lanier, said he is proud of the work the city has done to honor the Stettons.
He said the city will also continue to support the Stetons in their fight against racism and bigotry.
“We are committed to honoring John Henry and his legacy,” Lanier said in a statement.
The Stetsone family was among the hundreds of African-Americans who joined the United Daughters of the Confederacy, or Emancipation Proclamation, as a group in 1864 to fight for a slave state.
The U.S. government eventually forced the Emancinacrats to secede from the Confederacy in 1865.
The group fought for black Americans’ rights in the Southern states and was banned by the federal government in 1870.
The name Masland has come to be associated with Confederate soldiers and the Confederacy.
The company, which specializes in carpet cleaning, received a $1.2 million donation from the American Red Cross.
A Masland carpet cleaner named John Stetsones father, John Henry, is pictured in a file photo.
John Henry was killed by Confederate soldiers while fighting for Union troops in 1868.
Maslone’s brother, George, is also listed as an employee.
The family of George Stetsoned said in March that the company has been named after Stetsonian because of his family heritage.
“John Henry Stettones is a great man,” George Stettone said in an interview with ABC News.
“I’m glad that they’ve recognized him and his family.”
Masland’s CEO, Scott Lutz, told The Washington Post that Stetsonic’s family is “a great source of inspiration and inspiration for us.”
“The Stetsony family has been the heart and soul of Masland for many years, and we know that he was an inspiration for all of us,” he said.
Maslands parent company, Masland Group, announced the name change Wednesday.
It will be named after a Confederate veteran named John G. Stetton.
The city of Arlington has already awarded the Stettsons a $2.3 million federal grant to rename the company after Steton.
MasLand has been known for its carpets and other cleaning services since 1879, when Stetsonia and his wife bought the business from his father, Thomas Stetsoni, for $10,000.
Mas Land’s parent company has become a national symbol of the civil-rights movement and its fight for civil rights and equality, but the company’s current owner, Maslones parent company Masland Inc., has long maintained it is a family-owned business and not a private business.