Girl Scouts join fight over nam­ing bridge

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Nation + World -

SA­VAN­NAH, GA. » Law­mak­ers can ex­pect face-to-face meet­ings with Girl Scouts from across Ge­or­gia next month at the state Capi­tol, where the young scouts plan on treat­ing leg­is­la­tors to a milk-and­cookie re­cep­tion.

Th­ese girls bear­ing gifts of Thin Mints and Samoas will also come pack­ing an agenda. They want to see Sa­van­nah’s tow­er­ing sus­pen­sion bridge re­named in honor of Juli­ette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts in the coastal Ge­or­gia city more than a cen­tury ago.

The Girl Scouts saw an open­ing last fall when Sa­van­nah’s city coun­cil for­mally asked state law­mak­ers dur­ing their 2018 ses­sion to strip the name of seg­re­ga­tion­ist former Gov. Eu­gene Tal­madge from the bridge. Ge­or­gia scouts are get­ting sup­port from the Girl Scouts’ na­tional head­quar­ters in New York, which has hired a lob­by­ist to help sway law­mak­ers in At­lanta.

Rep. Ron Stephens, a Repub­li­can from Sa­van­nah, is on board with the switch.

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