Florida city votes to remove Confederate names

Posted at 1:25 PM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 13:25:42-04

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- The city commission of a suburb in Florida has voted to erase the names of Robert E. Lee and two other Confederate generals from the city's streets.

The Hollywood City Commission voted 5-1 late Wednesday to remove the names of Lee, Nathan Bedford Forrest and John Bell Hood from residential streets that hopscotch through the Fort Lauderdale suburb.

Mayor Josh Levy said he voted for the change because it will erase symbols of bigotry and oppression. The streets will be renamed later.

Commissioner Peter Hernandez walked out before the vote but said he opposed the change because it will lead to other streets being renamed.

More than 200 supporters and opponents had packed the commission chambers and the adjoining lobby.