A Florida city has decided to rename streets named after Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, John Bell Hood, and Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was also a Ku Klux Klan member.
The city commission of Hollywood, Fla. voted 5-2 to rename Lee Street, Hood Street, and Forrest Street to Louisville Street, Macon Street, and Savannah Street, respectively, according to ABC News Tuesday.
“It is time to change the names and the time is now,” said Debra Case, one of the commissioners, during the meeting. “We must do the right thing and we must do it now.”
“We have streets named for slave-owning presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Madison,” said Cynthia Baker, a Hollywood resident. “Activists have said those streets are next.”
The Hollywood street signs were vandalized two years ago; a call to rename the streets was raised but went unaddressed over a decade ago. The Florida city’s decision to proceed with the renaming of the streets dedicated to Confederate generals resembles the decision made by New Orleans to remove its four Confederate statues in May. (RELATED: New Orleans Uproots Third Confederate Statue In Early Morning Operation)
TheDCNF reached out to other members of the commission for comment, but received none in time for press.
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