Hollywood should rename three streets named for Confederate generals, Says Advisory Council

Jun 8, 2016

 

Tension is mounting in Hollywood Florida over Forrest Street-a street named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and a founder of the Ku Klux Klan.

The split in the community has commissioners asking the city's African American advisory council to help make the call on changing the street name.

The council agreed Tuesday night that Hollywood should not only rename Forrest Street, but also noted two other roadways named for Confederate generals: Lee, named for General Robert E. Lee, and Hood, named for John Bell Hood.

The board recommended the commission waive more than 22,000 dollars in fees associated with changing the street names. Board members also urged commissioners to get input from residents in finding new names for the streets.

City commissioners, however, will have the final say and are expected to discuss the issue during a City Hall meeting in July.