Tempe City Council to look at new names for places named after KKK members: Here’s what you should know

By Irene Snyder, Kenneth Wong | Fox10 Phoenix

TEMPE, Ariz. – Members of the Tempe City Council are set to be presented with new names for a number of streets and places in the East Valley city.

The streets are currently named after KKK members, and the proposed new street names are those of people who spent their lives serving the Tempe community.

Here’s what you should know about the potential name change.

What places are going to be affected by the potential name change?

According to the City of Tempe’s website, historical research has determined that several parks are streets in the city were named after documented members of an area KKK chapter in the 1920s.

The places affected include:

  • Harelson Park
  • Hudson Lane
  • Hudson Park
  • East Laird Street
  • West Laird Street
  • Redden Park

Officials with the City of Tempe say the discovery was made following a research by Tempe History Museum staff members, using records from the Arizona Historical Society and the Phoenix Public Library.


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