Perrysburg changes name to Harrison Rally Day
Research from the Chamber of Commerce showed that William Henry Harrison was a slave owner; event now known as the Positively Perrysburg Fest.
PERRYSBURG, Ohio – The Perrysburg Fall Festival is back after a year off due to COVID-19, but with a new, more inclusive name.
The Harrison Rally Day Festival, named after former president William Henry Harrison, will now be known as the Positively Perrysburg Fest on September 18. The Perrysburg Area Chamber of Commerce changed the name after learning that Harrison was a slave owner and believed that the issue of slavery should be left to the discretion of individual states.
House Speaker Sandy Latchem made this statement:
“The Perrysburg area chamber of commerce has been coordinating Harrison Rally Day for many years. We have had a year to reflect on the event and revisit its historical relevance. The truth is, given the turmoil of last summer About statues honoring people with questionable backgrounds, we decided to delve into the life of William Henry Harrison.
“His father and grandfather were slave owners while he chatted, first joining the abolitionist movement, then arguing for the right of states to decide. We want to have a positive atmosphere for this annual festival. We don’t want to associate her with someone we now know supported slavery. “
Latchem said the board supported the idea. Mayor Tom Mackin also agrees with the name change.
“As a community, we want to be as welcoming as possible,” Mackin said. “The event was started in the 1990s to create community and bring people together. By all accounts it has been a huge success. Now the House has done research showing President Harrison owned slaves.
Keeping his name in the event would not help achieve the purpose of the event, so it makes sense to change the name. I support the House in doing its homework and making a decision based on facts. I also look forward to celebrating Perrysburg’s legacy this fall.
Perrysburg is partnering with Mercy Health to host the event. Positively Perrysburg Fest will feature a parade, art and vendor stalls, music, food trucks and entertainment for children.