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Robin Williams involved in public debate about the Talmadge Bridge and Confederate Memorial

October 1, 2017

DSC_6546_smSCAD Architectural History chair Robin Williams served as one of seven panelists at the “Renaming the Talmadge Bridge” public forum held at the Savannah Theatre on September 5.  The bridge currently honors Georgia governor Eugene Talmadge who was an outspoken supporter of racial segregation and white supremacy during the 1940s and 1950s.  The public forum, sponsored by Span the Gap and the Beach Institute, attracted about 300 people, has generated considerable local media attention and a formal resolution by Savannah City Council on September 28 to change the bridge’s name, which requires approval of the Georgia Assembly to take place.   Williams has also been invited to serve on a task force of local historians organized by the Mayor of Savannah to investigate courses of action for addressing Savannah’s Confederate Soldiers Memorial in Forsyth Park in light of the recent debates and controversies over monuments to the Confederacy and its leaders.

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