South Fulton Task Force to Examine Confederation-Linked Street Names
SOUTH FULTON, Georgia. – South Fulton City Council voted on Tuesday to create a task force that will look at street names and building names linked to Confederation or racism.
“I have been approached by several members of the community for a few years now to change some of the names of the streets that represent the confederation here in our city,” said Carmalitha Gumbs, member of the city council.
The resolution says the lasting ramifications of Civil War and Confederation are a constant and painful reminder to the city’s residents.
“If you walk through the cemetery in our city, you will see their last names on their tombstones, the names of our streets. The graves date back to the 1800s, which was Confederation days. “said Helen Z, city council member. Willis.
The task force will be made up of eight community members who represent each district of the city.
They will be appointed by the members of the municipal council and the positions will not be remunerated.
The working group will do their research and work with the Historic Preservation Committee for the next 6 months and then present their recommendations to City Council.
“We will have to decide with the community and the council on the appropriate names for the streets so that they do not bring us names,” said Willis.
This is not the first time that a city has changed its street name linked to Confederation.
Atlanta changed several street names in 2018.
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