Should Memorial Drive Be Renamed to Veterans Memorial Drive?

Should Memorial Drive Be Renamed to Veterans Memorial Drive?

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📜 The Gist: State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver is proposing renaming Atlanta’s Memorial Drive to “Veterans Memorial Drive” to honor all U.S. veterans, not just Confederate soldiers.

🛣️ The Details: House Resolution 1351, backed by the DeKalb Delegation, seeks to change the name of Memorial Drive — which currently links the State Capitol to a Confederate memorial — to better reflect a universal honor for U.S. veterans. The proposal highlights the desire of some residents of Fulton and DeKalb Counties to move away from commemorating the Confederacy.

🔢 There’s More:

  • The resolution impacts State Route 10, State Route 154, and Memorial Drive in Fulton and DeKalb counties.
  • Memorial Drive, formerly known as East Fair Street, was officially renamed in 1930.

🌐 The Big Picture: This initiative reflects a broader movement to reevaluate and sometimes rename public spaces and monuments that predominantly honor Confederate figures.

🔄 What’s Next?: The resolution’s progress and potential implementation will be closely watched, marking a significant change in how Georgia’s history and its veterans are honored in public spaces.

💬 Conversation Starters:

  • Should all public spaces named after Confederate figures or events be reconsidered for renaming?
  • How does renaming public spaces impact the community’s relationship with its history?

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