Change Marilla St. to M.E. Crenshaw Blvd.

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February 17, 2018


Dallas, TX. - Organizers from all districts of Dallas have formed the
Commemoration Committee to Honor Marvin E. Crenshaw and Roy H.
Williams to lead the campaign to rename Marilla St. to M.E. Crenshaw Blvd. Dallas, along with other major cities across the nation have moved to remove statues, rename public schools, and create a society that refuses to honor racism and slavery. The Committee continues on in the spirit of justice and equality by honoring the only living plaintiff of a federal lawsuit creating the 14-1 system we all function under now.

History reveals that Marilla St. was named after the mother of Rev. William Ceiton Young, a Chaplain in the Confederate Army. Rev. Young was assigned to the Arkansas Calvary under Brigadier General W.L. Cabell, who also commanded Texas' 29th Calvary. On August 18, 1864, Rev. Young, along side General W.L. Cabell participated in the massacre of wounded African American soldiers at the Battle of Poison Springs. According to historical documents and an article by the Dallas Morning News, Confederate soldiers desecrated the bodies of the fallen African American soldiers by using their corpses as headstones, lining their heads up in order to see how many they could crush by driving a wagon wheel over them, and murdering the wounded and helpless.

Dallas' refuses to honor anyone, including a Reverend or his mother, who would stand idly by and watch these war crimes occur. The Committee advocates to replace Marilla St. with the name of someone who reflects the cities core values - Equity, Empathy, Ethics, and Excellence. Maintaining the street that Dallas City Hall sits on as Marilla St., violates the core values of the City of Dallas. Rev. Young's mother has no historical or political connection to
Dallas, and was simply a street created during Rev. Young's time as Street
Commissioner of Dallas. The Committee will be moving forward aggressively
in the coming weeks and months, and humbly ask for your support in our struggle for justice.  

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