Reinstitute Calhoun Street's original name, Boundary Street

Reinstitute Calhoun Street's original name, Boundary Street

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Christina Godley started this petition to City of Charleston and

One of the main streets in downtown Charleston SC has been known as Calhoun Street for the past 170 years, named after John C. Calhoun. This was a man who led the pro-slavery faction in the Senate and espoused the belief that slavery was the key to the success of the “American dream”. Prior to its renaming, it was originally known as Boundary Street, as it was an early boundary of the city.

On "Calhoun Street" sits both the Mother Emanual AME church, and the new International African American Museum (built on the former site of Gadsden's wharf, where a staggering 40% of enslaved Africans brought to the United States initially landed). 

The renaming of only one block of this road to honor the Mother Emanuel church is not nearly enough. It is past time for Charleston to cleanse this road of the name Calhoun entirely. This petition calls upon the City of Charleston to rename the remaining portions still called "Calhoun" with their historic name, Boundary Street. 

Please sign this petition and share with others to tell Mayor Tecklenburg and the Charleston City Council that Charleston residents (and the many visitors who love the city) demand to see this street name changed, and reject the honoring of a man whose American dream relied upon the oppression of human beings. Our American dream, is together as equals.

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