Tempe City Council meets to talk about renaming places named after KKK members

By Greg Hahne
Published: Friday, October 22, 2021 - 12:47pm
Updated: Friday, October 22, 2021 - 1:00pm

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The Tempe City Council met Thursday night to discuss the renaming of several parks and schools in the city after discovering they were named after former Ku Klux Klan members. 

But the process is just getting started. 

City manager Andrew Ching is creating an ad hoc committee to meet with members of the community and recommend solutions to the council. 

The process will likely take months to resolve.

Renaming parks and schools is one thing, but renaming streets will likely take the longest amount of time. 

“So this process is going to be doing that, it is going to be open, it is going to be transparent and it is going to be another way the city reaches out and listens to all the members of our community," said Doreen Garlid, a Tempe City Council member.

Garlid added the city reached out to the families of the descendants of the former council members with KKK ties to make them aware. 

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