AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Commissioner Bill Fennoy is calling on city leaders to embrace the Black Lives Matter movement with the new name for the Augusta common.
“That we in Augusta embrace the movement and acknowledge and remember the people who got the movement started,” said Commissioner Fennoy.
Some commissioners are suggesting a large plaque would be better instead of a name change. Commissioner Fennoy says he could support that.
But Commissioner Ben Hasan is having a different idea, renaming the common for professional boxer Vernon Forrest who was killed in 2009.
“I would like to make a substitute motion to name the Commons after Vernon Forrest who is from Augusta. He was a welterweight champ,” said Commissioner Hasan.
Commissioner Fennoy voicing his support, “I second that motion Mister Mayor,” said Commissioner Fennoy.
In the end commissioners rejected any changes to the Common name.
“If new parks are built in the future, that’s a great time for this conversation. The Augusta Common is a great name. It’s a common name because it is the common place for Augustans to be able to come and meet,” said Commissioner Brandon Garrett.
The mayor using the debate to talk about his plan to create an eleven member task force to look at streets, landmarks, and monuments.
A whole host of things I don’t think we necessarily need to make knee jerk response. But, we do need to be engaged in this broader conversation.
Mayor Davis says he’ll appoint six people to the committee. He wanted commissioners to submit their five names by Friday. He said the task force would report back its findings and recommendations in 60 days.