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Public invited to square naming informational meeting
SAVANNAH (April 20) - The City of Savannah invites the public to an informational meeting about the naming process for the historic square formerly known as Calhoun Square between Abercorn and East Wayne streets. The meeting will occur on Wednesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. in the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm Street.
The City will not take naming suggestions at this meeting, and submitted names will not be reviewed. After the application window closes, the public can give feedback on suggested names that meet the requirements.
Anyone wishing to submit a naming nomination for the square should visit www.savannahga.gov/squarerenaming to learn about the application requirements. Complete applications can be submitted to email@example.com until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 15.
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The square was formerly named for statesman and politician John C. Calhoun. Despite an accomplished career, including serving as Vice President and Secretary of War, Calhoun was a staunch defender and champion of the institution of slavery.
After receiving public comment, Savannah City Council determined Calhoun’s legacy did not reflect Savannah’s values and on Nov. 10, 2022, voted to remove the name John C. Calhoun from the square and engage in a public process to name the square.
Savannah City Council determined public property names shall serve to inspire our citizens to reflect on individuals of outstanding character, values, and achievements in Savannah’s history. The removal of Calhoun’s name from the square offers an opportunity to provide a more inclusive historical narrative meeting these goals.