Wooster Square should remain Wooster Square

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This purpose of this petition is to keep the history of Wooster Square alive for future generations to enjoy, just as so many generations have enjoyed for the past 100+ years. Wooster Square has been home to some of the best Italian pizza parlors, pastry shops, restaurants and local businesses, making it one of the most sought after neighborhoods in which to live in New Haven.

In the 1820s, the city of New Haven converted a small pasture into a public square and named it Wooster Square after Major-General David Wooster. Today, the entire neighborhood, as well as several streets, all carry Wooster's name. When the American Revolutionary War broke out with the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April 1775, Wooster was in charge of the militia at New Haven, he assumed command of the entire provincial militia responsible for the state's defense as the state's first Major General.

On June 26th, 2020 a group of people gathered in Wooster Square Park to change the park's name from Wooster Square to William Lanson Square. Lanson was an escaped slave who became a successful businessman until the 1820's when he began to lose properties. Lanson liked to drink, play cards and have an occasional extramarital affair. By the 1830's Lanson was in constant trouble with the law and died in 1851.

Through his accomplishments, William Lanson overcame incredible odds in his life to become one of the earliest black entrepreneurs in Connecticut and deserves recognition, but forcing a community to change its name, which is already recognized by a hero, is not what America is about. It would only be respectful and commendable to keep the name of Wooster Square Park as it is.