Montgomery Council OKs Plan to Rename Library

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Montgomery's city council has approved a controversial plan to change the name of the Rosa Parks Avenue Branch Library, but her name will be kept on the sign.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the city council approved the plan Tuesday with a unanimous vote.

The library will be renamed the Bertha Pleasant Williams Library in honor of the city's first black librarian. Beneath the new name on the building's sign will be "Rosa Parks Avenue Branch."

Council members and the mayor called the decision a compromise.

It comes shortly after state Rep. Alvin Holmes said changing the name would send the wrong message to the world.

The library is named for the street it's on, and was previously named the Cleveland Avenue Branch Library before the street name was changed.

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