Protesters call on city of Hollywood to change street names honoring Confederate generals
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Demonstrators are protesting Wednesday in Hollywood, urging city leaders to rename streets that currently honor Confederate generals.
Lee, Hood and Forrest streets are located within blocks of each other.
Take Down Slavery Symbols Hollywood, Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward and several other organizations said the streets should be renamed since they honor Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, John B. Hood and Nathan Bedford Forrest.
The organizations want the Hollywood Commission to order or vote for the immediate re-naming of the streets, waive all fees associated with changing the names and change the street names to names of cities with flourishing African-American populations.
Not all residents who live on the controversial streets agree with changing the street names.
“I think a lot of people will be against it who live in this area because it’s been their address forever,” Danielle Whichard, who lives on Forrest Street, said. “I don’t want to change my street address because somebody’s offended.”
A public hearing on the issue will be held at 5 p.m.