State legislators urge mayor to change the name of Robert E. Lee Park

Sandy Rosenberg, a delegate from the 41st legislative district in Baltimore, today posted a message on his Facebook page saying that the district's whole legislative slate—Senator Lisa Gladden and Delegates Nathaniel T. Oaks, Jill P. Carter, and Rosenberg—had sent a letter to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, urging her to change the name of Robert E. Lee Park in North Baltimore:

We should change the name of Robert E. Lee Park. My 41st District colleagues and I wrote Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

We write to urge you to support Baltimore County's request to rename the Robert E. Lee Park the [sic] Lake Roland Park.

We should not honor an individual who led the forces in rebellion against the United States of America on behalf of secessionists who sought to perpetuate slavery.

When both children and adults visit this park, they should be inspired by the action we urge you to take, not the honor we once bestowed on a leader of the Confederacy.

Lisa Gladden Jill P. Carter Nathaniel T. Oaks Sandy Rosenberg

On Friday, City Paper posted an editorial and petition, saying the name should be changed. After being forwarded a link to the editorial, the official Baltimore County Government Twitter account tweeted "The park is owned by the City & operated by the County. The County will contact the City regarding the name." Yesterday, they did just that, asking the city to change the name of Robert E. Lee Park to Lake Roland Park.

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