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Legacy Commission asks for feedback on Charlotte street names

Dec. 2. The City of Charlotte Legacy Commission is actively seeking feedback on renaming city streets and local monuments that honor slavery, slave owners, Confederate veterans, supporters of white supremacy and romanticized notions of the antebellum South. Residents can provide feedback by completing an online form or sending an email.

The commission said there are no Confederate monuments in public spaces owned by the City of Charlotte, except for those located in Elmwood Cemetery. The commission said that cemeteries are appropriate locations for Confederate monuments and recommended installing markers at these locations to provide historical context.

Dr. Willie Griffin, Legacy Commission consultant and historian with the Levine Museum of the New South, presented a list of several streets in Charlotte named “in honor of slavery, slave owners, Confederate veterans, supporters of white supremacy or romanticized notions of the antebellum South.”

The Legacy Commission got under way in June as Mayor Vi Lyles tasked the commission with compiling a list of street names, monuments and other markers in Charlotte that honor Confederate soldiers, slave owners and segregationists.

The mayor also charged the commission with making recommendations on which streets should be renamed, and a process for approving new monuments and street names honoring historical figures.

Public feedback must be submitted by Dec. 13.

Discussion

One Response to “Legacy Commission asks for feedback on Charlotte street names”

  1. I understand the sensitivity of this issue, but if you want to alleviate racial tension, you need to quit focusing on it. If you’re determined to change street names, please consider choosing neutral names that don’t have anything to do with tace; Trees, flowers, minerals,etc. History is history and we will never be able to move forward if we keep looking back. If you’re going to be neutral, you should probably add MLK Nlvd. to the list of street names that need to be changed.

    Posted by Deb Rowan | December 10, 2020, 1:17 pm

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