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This Park Needs a New Name

Many urban landmarks in the city of New Orleans are named after Confederate generals and slave owners. In 2007, in response to a request by Common Ground Relief and the Marcus Garvey Center, I created this sign to rename one of those parks after Marcus Garvey, a prominent Black Nationalist of the early 1900s. Several news outlets came to cover the renaming of the park, unaware that the action was taken without city approval.

This Park Needs a New Name

with Common Ground Relief and the Marcus Garvey Center

Many urban landmarks in the city of New Orleans are named after Confederate generals and slave owners. In 2007, in response to a request by Common Ground Relief and the Marcus Garvey Center, I created this sign to rename one of those parks after Marcus Garvey, a prominent Black Nationalist of the early 1900s. Several news outlets came to cover the renaming of the park, and were surprised to discover the action was taken without city approval.

 UPDATE: As of 2011, the sign still stands.

UPDATE: As of 2011, the sign still stands.

 UPDATE: as of 2018, the sign has been replaced by some sad-looking bulletin board. And the years have been hard on that fence.

UPDATE: as of 2018, the sign has been replaced by some sad-looking bulletin board. And the years have been hard on that fence.