Atlanta to rename Confederate Avenue

Black city. Black voters.

ATLANTA – The Atlanta City Council has approved plans to change the name of Confederate Avenue in Grant Park to United Way. The resolution will now go to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for approval.

What We Know:

  • One year ago, the city pledged to get rid of memorials dedicated to the confederacy, in the wake of last year’s deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • The Atlanta City Council voted on changing the name of Confederate Avenue after lengthy public comment on the issue.
  • The meeting was heated at times, where more than two dozen residents spoke out strongly for and against renaming the avenue.
  • Those who opposed the name change also cited cost concerns — the price tag for each sign change was about $250 each.
  • Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will have to consider the resolution to change the name, officially.

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