Savannah Council Votes To Ask State To Rename Talmadge Bridge

From the Savannah Morning News:

The Savannah City Council approved on Thursday a resolution for Georgia lawmakers to rename the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge, named for a former governor and segregationist.

Mayor Eddie DeLoach said he wanted the city to be on the right side of history and that the bridge should no longer be named for a man who divides the community….

Named after former Gov. Eugene Talmadge, who held office from 1933 to 1946, residents have advocated for years to rename the bridge into Savannah because of his staunch support of segregation and white supremacist views.

The resolution calls for the bridge to be renamed “The Savannah Bridge”, in an effort to promote the city rather than any specific individual. The name change would require action from the state legislature, of which the article says:

Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, has said he supports the effort, but expected the change to be difficult to pass due to opposition from other lawmakers around the state as it has in past. Sen. Lester Jackson, D-Savannah, has also said he is also prepared to push for the renaming, which could be proposed as a stand-alone bill, as well as potentially be combined with legislation to remove some Confederate monuments throughout the state.


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