Jason Parker

Hollywood Expected to Sign Off on Street Name Changes, Replacing Ones Honoring Former Confederate Generals

The city of Hollywood is ready to end a two year long controversy surrounding three streets named after former Confederate generals.

The city commission, needing five of seven members to approve, is expected to sign off Wednesday on new names to replace Lee, Forrest and Hood streets. The streets are expected to be renamed Freedom, Hope, and Liberty.

The names have been at the center of a battle that led to protests and arrests. More than 100 people signed up to speak for and against the change at a commission meeting in August and one anti-change protester was arrested when he tried to fight a group of pro-change demonstrators.

The streets have had the names honoring the former Confederate leaders, including future Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest, have been there since the city was founded. It's not clear how long it will take to install the new signs once the names are approved.

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