Sandy Springs to hold hearing on changing names of streets possibly tied to KKK

Sandy Springs to hold hearing on changing names of streets possibly tied to KKK
August 29, 2013 Sandy Springs. BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM (Ben Gray)

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — The mayor of Sandy Springs says there will be a public hearing on renaming two streets that may have connections to the Ku Klux Klan.

The meeting will be held Aug. 4 during the Sandy Springs City Council.

The two streets are Lake Forrest Drive and Forrest Lake Drive. The proposed change removes an “r” in the word “Forrest” for both public streets. 

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Mayor Rusty Paul requested the change noting that the streets may have been named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

In 2018, Atlanta city leaders changed the name of Confederate Avenue in Grant Park to United Avenue.

Confederate Avenue to be renamed United Avenue