Florida city will rename streets that honored Confederate generals


  • Photo by Monivette Cordeiro
Hollywood city commissioners voted Monday to rename three streets honoring Confederate generals located in the city's African-American community.

The Sun-Sentinel 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.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.