Clash over Con­fed­er­ate street names leads to ar­rests in Hol­ly­wood

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE -

HOL­LY­WOOD, Fla. - Five peo­ple were ar­rested af­ter a clash about Florida streets named for Con­fed­er­ate gen­er­als spilled over into a city coun­cil meet­ing.

News out­lets re­port the pro­test­ers were charged with dis­rupt­ing the Hol­ly­wood com­mis­sion meet­ing Wed­nes­day night.

The dis­agree­ment in­volves three streets - Lee Street, named af­ter Con­fed­er­ate Gen. Robert E. Lee; Hood Street, named af­ter Gen. John Bell Hood; and For­rest Street, named af­ter Con­fed­er­ate gen­eral and Ku Klux Klan mem­ber Nathan Bed­ford For­rest.

Jim Odel, a mem­ber of the Sons of Con­fed­er­ate Veter­ans, told com­mis­sion­ers the street names honor an im­por­tant piece of his­tory. Res­i­dent Ben­jamin Is­rael called Lee, Hood and For­rest traitors.

Five of seven com­mis­sion­ers must back the plan to have the names changed. So far only three agree.

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