Parks board in Tacoma votes to remove Ben Franklin’s name from local park

Parks board in Tacoma votes to remove Ben Franklin’s name from local park
Ben Franklin statue (seated) among others fromthe Constitutional Convention of 1787-89. National Constitution Center, Philly. Wikipedia: By <a href="//" title="User:Ziko">Ziko van Dijk</a> - <span class="int-own-work" lang="en">Own work</span>, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

[Ed. – It might be some comfort to reflect that Ben Franklin wouldn’t care.  But he was a unique leader in a generation that accomplished something no one else in history has ever matched: the founding of America.  His role in the Constitutional Convention alone could not have been replicated, but the breadth of his contribution to the founding is breathtaking.  Holding his memory cheap is a fatal folly for the people who have set themselves on this destructive path.]

The Metro Parks Tacoma Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to boot Ben Franklin from a public park in central Tacoma, replacing him with Rosa Franklin, Washington state’s first African American state senator.

Franklin Park, which has occupied approximately 20 acres in central Tacoma since the 1930s, will technically not be changing its name, since both the founding father and the former state senator share a last name, according to The News Tribune.

The theoretical gesture is nevertheless being hailed as a sign of progress.

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