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Advisory Committee to Review and Make Recommendations on City Street Names and Monuments Linked to the Confederacy

Post Date:08/23/2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. SW
Atlanta, GA  30303 

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Talia K. Moffitt
Public Information Officer
tkmoffitt@atlantaga.gov
(404) 546-1835-Direct / (404) 326-6505-Cell

 

August 23, 2017

 

Advisory Committee to Review and Make Recommendations on City Street Names and Monuments Linked to the Confederacy

ATLANTA – The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to establish a seven-member advisory committee to review and make recommendations on all city street names and monuments associated with the Confederacy. One such street is Confederate Avenue, in Councilmember Carla Smith’s district.

“We need to take a thoughtful approach on the issue of a street name change. There is interest from those who live on Confederate Avenue,” Smith said. “One neighbor has initiated a petition for residents. We will set up a meeting to discuss the process. This idea seems to be gaining momentum and I'm good with that.”

The advisory committee will consist of three members appointed by the city council and four members appointed by the mayor. Committee members have the authority to appoint ad hoc members without council confirmation.

Once confirmed, committee members will have 70 days to make recommendations to the mayor and city council on the future of street names and monuments linked to the Confederacy.

 

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