Asheville may remove slave-owner names from some streets

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Asheville is considering removing the names of slave owners and other people associated with discrimination from some streets and a park.

The Citizen-Times reported Sunday that the recommendations for name changes follow this year’s protests against police brutality and racism.

Asheville’s city manager had asked the Asheville and Buncombe County African American Heritage Commission to recommend names for removal as well as replacements. Among the names flagged for potential renaming is Patton Avenue. James Patton served on Asheville’s governing body in 1841 and is said to have owned at least 35 enslaved people.