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City memo calls for renaming more Austin landmarks due to Confederate, slavery ties

July 27, 2018 - 9:53 am
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AUSTIN (KJCE) -- A review from the City of Austin's Equity Office is recommending changing more streets and landmarks across the City - and potentially even the name Ausitn itself.

The Equity Office was charged with reviewing City assets for ties to the Confederacy, Civil War, or slavery. The review, released Thursday, names seven streets as "high priority" for re-naming:

  • Littlefield Street
  • Tom Green Street
  • Sneed Cove
  • Reagan Hill Drive
  • Dixie Drive
  • Plantation Road
  • Confederate Avenue

The review estimates the street renaming effort would cost the City nearly $6,000.

The review also suggests Council consider renaming some of Austin's most recognizable landmarks. The "secondary review" list, according to the report, contains individuals who were not explicitly tied to the Confederacy or Civil War, but may have "represented segregation, racism, and/or slavery." That list includes:

  • Pease Park
  • Bouldin Creek
  • Waller Creek
  • Barton Springs
  • Bouldin Avenue
  • Pease Road
  • Duval Street
  • Burnet Road and Burnet Lane
  • Burleson Road
  • Lamar Boulevard
  • Hancock Drive and Hancock Recreation Center
  • Stephen F. Austin Drive, as well as the city’s name itself and a recreation center named for Austin
  • Waller Street
  • William Barton Drive
  • Oliphant Street
  • Lanier Drive
  • Mirabeau Street
  • Fort Sumter Circle
  • Fort Sumter Road

Earlier this year, City Council voted to rename Robert E. Lee Road and Jeff Davis Avenue. The full report now goes to City Council for further action.

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