Petition to Rename SRP Lounge and Conference Room Named After Confederate Soldier

Petition to Rename SRP Lounge and Conference Room Named After Confederate Soldier

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Kyrstyn Bowers started this petition to Salt River Project

SRP's PERA club houses several event spaces for private use. One space in particular donned the name “Swilling’s Lounge”. SRP’s Credit Union Building also has a meeting space named “Swilling”.

The lounge and conference room are named after Jack Swilling, a confederate soldier recognized as one of the founders of Phoenix. Jack and a small group of men also constructed the first modern-era irrigation canals in the Salt River Valley. The employees of SRP know and appreciate Jack’s contributions to Phoenix, but his allegiance cannot be ignored.

Among other downfalls, Jack Swilling, born on a South Carolina Plantation, was second in command of the Arizona Guard which was absorbed by the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. Jack was also a scout in the anti-Apache campaign credited with the capture and murder of the Apache Chief Mangas Coloradas. SRP is aware that Jack “is a controversial and questionable character in Arizona History”. 

The Confederacy was defeated in 1865, but SRP still bears the name of one of its soldiers in a lounge and a conference room that Black employees and family members enter. The Confederacy stood for hate, slavery, and everything anti-Black. It represents murder, rage, pain, and anguish for the Black community and Black employees at SRP.

Our proposed solution: Take Jack Swilling’s picture down from the lounge immediately and change the name. Perhaps simply “The SRP Lounge” would suffice. SRP could even hold an employee contest for a new name and give the winner a prize. Change the name of the conference room where employees gather. If folks ask why the names were changed, leadership should be forward and honest in disclosing that the namesake was a confederate soldier and that SRP is committed to actionable change, specifically within the Black community.

Citations:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Swilling 

Salt River Project. “The ‘Current’ News”, August 1966, p.14

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