Legacy Commission

The Legacy Commission has been charged with engaging in a comprehensive study of street names and monuments in the City of Charlotte that honor a legacy of Confederate soldiers, slaveowners and segregationists. Study will include a detailed historical explanation of the naming and a detailed historical explanation of all recommended changes by the end of October 2020.

The community engagement process will inform the final determination of any recommended changes presented by the Commission. City Council and other authorizing bodies will adopt the final recommendation and timeframe for implementation. All street name changes and monument name changes will begin a new history that is inclusive of contributions made by our country’s most worthy citizens.

Meeting schedule:

The Legacy Commission meets bi-weekly on Wednesday’s beginning Aug. 12, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Orientation: July 27, 2020

  • Session One: Aug. 12, 2020

  • Session Two: Aug. 26, 2020

  • Session Three: Sept. 9, 2020

  • Session Four: Sept. 23, 2020

  • Session Five: Oct. 7, 2020

  • Final Meeting: Oct. 21, 2020

Legacy Commission Members

  • Emily Zimmern (Legacy Commission Chair), Retired Levine Museum of the New South President and CEO

  • Donnie Simmons, Retired Mecklenburg County Employee Relations Manager

  • Frank Coley, Retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer

  • Levester Flowers, Retired Bank of America Loan Officer

  • Debra Smith, UNC Charlotte African Studies Professor

  • Michael Sullivan, The Nichols Company Real Estate Broker & CPCC History Professor

  • Fannie Flono, Charlotte Observer Associate Editor

  • Alan Kronovet, Wells Fargo Commercial Executive VP & Head of Mortgage Servicing

  • Len Norman, Retired Bank of America

  • Mary Newsom, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute Director of Urban Policy Initiatives

  • Tom Hanchett, Levine of the New South Staff Historian

  • Steve Crump, WBTV Reporter p>

  • Mildred McCullough, Bank of America Vice President

  • Kristen Wile, Unpretentious Palate Founder & Editor

  • Beatrice Thompson, Retired CBS Radio News & Public Affairs Director

Legacy Commission Consultants

  • Willie Griffin, Levine Museum of the New South Historian

  • Karen Cox, UNC Charlotte History Professor

Staff Resource: Tiffany Blackwell