- City of Austin Texas
- United States of America
We want to stop The Austin Equity Office from re-naming the City of Austin, Texas.
Austin’s Equity Office says this petition towards change came from Stephen F. Austin’s ties to slavery. Their report also states that a large number of Austin’s streets, markers, and parks were named in honor of Confederate heroes.
The report states that Stephen F. Austin opposed Mexico’s attempt to ban slavery in the country’s providence of Tejas. He allegedly said that if the slaves were set free, they would become “vagabonds, a nuisance, and a menace”.
Other places, such as Pease Park, the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, Barton Springs, and ten streets named after William Barton(referred to as the Daniel Boone of Texas who owned slaves) were also called upon to be renamed by Austin’s Equity Office.
The report also called to rename these streets:
Tom Green Street
Reagan Hill Drive
The city has renamed streets before in April- Robert E. Lee Road was renamed Azie Morton Road, and Jeff Davis Ave was renamed William Holland Ave.
Changing the city’s name will have to come down to a vote, because it would force a change upon the city’s charter.
Please keep Austin, Texas called Austin, Texas. Please sign our petition that will be presented to the City of Austin demanding that the cities name not be changed and that the city pass a resolution preventing this from coming up again.
The Keep Austin, Texas. Austin petition to City of Austin Texas was written by Steve Bradley and is in the category City & Town Planning at GoPetition.