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Louisiana cities face roadblocks in renaming streets that honor Confederate figures

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Paul Braun
Confederate Avenue in the Shenandoah Subdivision in Baton Rouge. Dec. 9, 2021.

Back in December, The East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved a report that detailed the racist origins of some of the city’s street and neighborhood names and advocated for replacing them with ones that better reflect the city’s values.

LSU professors and members of the city’s advisory committee on street renaming, Stephen Andes and Sydney Epps, tell us where this process is at now.

Baton Rouge isn’t the only city considering renaming some troublesome landmarks. In fact, the city of New Orleans had a head start in renaming some streets that memorialize Confederate figures. Chair of the New Orleans City Council Street Renaming Commission, Karl Connor, tells us more.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is also the voice of Baton Rouge's local news every afternoon during All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.