Push to name street for abolitionists instead of slaver

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Posted: Oct 10, 2017 3:36 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The city council in Providence is considering whether to remove a slave trader's name from a street and rename it for a prominent abolitionist black couple.

Magee Street is only one block long, but it has a notable tenant: Brown University's faculty club.

The street was named in 1805 for William Fairchild Megee, who embarked on a slave-trading voyage to Senegal the same year.

A local group that promotes African-American history proposed changing it to Bannister Street to honor the artist Edward Mitchell Bannister and philanthropist Christiana Carteaux Bannister.

A couple who live around the corner but own a carriage house with a Magee Street address say it will cost them thousands of dollars to change their business address.


This story has been corrected to show the first name of the philanthropist is Christiana, not Christina.