Austin considers renaming city over ties to slavery

Austin considers renaming city over ties to slavery

By Lia Eustachewich

The city of Austin, Texas, could be headed for a name change because of founder Stephen F. Austin’s pro-slavery stance, according to a report recently drafted by officials.

The state capital’s city council is considering renaming dozens of streets, parks, monuments and landmarks with ties to the Confederacy.

The city name itself is included on that list — which designates it as “not directly tied to the Confederacy and/or the Civil War but within the spirit of the resolution representing slavery, segregation, and/or racism.”

Stephen F. Austin, known as the “Father of Texas,” fought to defend slavery and saw it as vital to the city’s sugar and cotton production, says the report published last week by the city’s Equity Office.

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