Confederate names removed from Hollywood street signs

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — The names of Confederate generals are being removed from street signs in one Florida city.

The Hollywood city commission voted in August to remove the names of Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forrest and John Bell Hood from residential streets.

In a Sun Sentinel report , officials said about half the signs have been replaced so far. The rest should be replaced by the end of April.

The streets were renamed Freedom, Hope and Liberty. Mayor Josh Levy said the new signs display a message that is “a lot better than the message the prior names were sending.”

Laurie Schecter was one of the residents who petitioned for the sign changes in 2017. She said the new names “better represent the character of our city and the people who live here.”

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