Asheville Might Remove Slave-Owner Names From Some Streets – Spectrum News

12August 2020

ASHEVILLE, N.C.– The city of Asheville is thinking about removing the names of servant owners and other people associated with discrimination from some streets and a park.

The Citizen-Times reported Sunday that the suggestions for name changes follow this year’s protests against cops cruelty and racism.

Asheville’s city supervisor had asked the Asheville and Buncombe County African American Heritage Commission to advise names for elimination along with replacements.

Amongst the names flagged for prospective renaming is Patton Avenue.

James Patton served on Asheville’s governing body in 1841 and is stated to have actually owned at least 35 enslaved people.


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