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.

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