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Hollywood city commissioners voted Monday to rename three streets honoring Confederate generals located in the city's African-American community.
reports Hollywood will be renaming streets named after Robert E. Lee, John Bell Hood and Nathan Bedford Forrest
, a founder of the Ku Klux Klan. The commission's 5-2 vote came after an intense protest at city hall that resulted in five arrests
Hollywood joins other cities across Florida that are debating what to do with Confederate symbols that have been erected in their cities. Last month, Orlando decided to remove its Confederate statue
from Lake Eola Park to the Greenwood Cemetery after some local residents complained it was a symbol of racism and white supremacy.
"Honoring Confederate figures who led the fight to uphold the evil institution of slavery cuts against the very values we treasure today and stands at odds against who we are as residents of Broward County and as Americans," said Broward Property Appraiser Marty Kiar at the Monday meeting in Hollywood, according to the Sun-Sentinel
. "Failing to remove these names from the city’s streets, which run primarily through diverse communities, sends the dispiriting message that racism, hate and bigotry are sadly still tolerated. This will not erase history but will be our acknowledgment that now is the time to move past such a painful part of our nation’s story."
Forrest Street, Hood Street and Lee Street will be changed to Savannah Street, Macon Street and Louisville Street, respectively, the Sun-Sentinel
reports. Hollywood commissioners will meet again in August to adopt the street changes in a final vote.