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Local pastor calls on Emanuel to change names of 2 Chicago parks

By Melissa Berman and Nancy Loo,

A local pastor and activist is calling on Mayor Emanuel to change the names of two Chicago parks, saying it’s time to stop honoring slave owners.

Bishop James Dukes sent a letter to Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Park District on Monday asking the City of Chicago to rename Washington and Jackson Parks which commemorate former presidents George Washington and Andrew Jackson, key historical figures and known slave owners.

“When my children and grandchildren walk through these parks and say, ‘Grandfather, wasn’t he a slave owner?,’ how do I explain that and how do I reconcile that with their views of what heroes are?” said Dukes.


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