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Confederate streets in Hollywood likely to be renamed Hope, Liberty and Freedom

During a recent workshop, members of the Hollywood Commission made a tentative decision to rename Lee Street to Liberty Street; Forrest Street to Freedom Street and Hood Street to Hope Street.

This follows a long period of controversy over street signs named after Confederate leaders. The next step for the commission is to have a resolution proposing these names for the streets. Hollywood city staff is working through the details of this resolution and it will be placed on an upcoming agenda.

Not everyone was satisfied with the decision. According to Wendy King, Take Down Slavery Symbols of Hollywood and the Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward are disappointed in the results of the meeting, known as the Street Renaming Workshop took place.

They wanted the streets named after people who have campaigned for African-American equality. Some of the names members of the organization wanted included Eula Street to honor Eula Johnson, who helped de-segregate Broward County beaches and Bethune Street after Mary McLeod Bethune, a pioneer in education. Other names suggested included Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman.

The name changes represent years of effort by Hollywood resident Benjamin Israel. He has worked tirelessly for the change often alone. Eventually he gained support from others in the community and finally gained the support of Broward County political leaders.

 

David Volz
David Volz
David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.

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  1. Almost 1.5 years later…..and how has this change worked out for the community so far? Is poverty finally gone? Has homelessness been taken care of? Pfffft Just another knee-jerk reaction to the topic of the day, designed to make everybody FEEL good without providing any real solution.

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