Terry Crayton, adjutant of the North Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, writes in support of Stonewall Street in the Charlotte (NC) Rhino Times (below).

In addition, an old issue of Charlotte City Magazine supports the claim that Stonewall Street was named for Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson, asserting that "The city of Charlotte honored the town’s most celebrated woman by naming Stonewall Street in memory of her husband." You can view that article at http://tinyurl.com/nrjrw ______________________________________________________________________

February 09, 2006

Dear Editor, The key word is "perception." Some folks who hate the South will permit Southern history and culture to be denounced, just because some other misguided folks perceive it to be offensive.

Well, if perception is to be the issue of the day, then what is good for the goose is good for the gander, as they say. Those who honor and value the history of Charlotte should also be allowed to base our argument on perception, as well.

A vast majority of Charlotteans perceives that the name of Stonewall Street was named for Thomas J. Jackson and it honors General Stonewall Jackson. In fact, they know full well that such is the case.

Therefore, the City Council must not change that historical name of Stonewall Street. After all, it is a matter of perception.

You do not honor one culture by savaging another.

T. Crayton

At the Charlotte (NC) city council meeting on 9 January, the council postponed a decision to rename Stonewall Street to Martin Luther King Drive due to concerns expressed by the Southern heritage community. Since that time, historian Dan Morrill claimed to find an 1855 map with the name "Stonewall Street" on it, proving that the street could not have been named for Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. However, the map in question also has Hill Street on it, which was named after Confederate General D.H. Hill, indicating that street names were added to the map at a later date. See details from the Charlotte (NC) Observer below.

The council plans to take up this issue again at its meeting on 13 February. Make plans to attend and support Stonewall Street. The council meets at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center at 600 E. Fourth Street in Charlotte, at 7PM on Monday, 13 February. For further details or directions, please contact Mindy Levine at melevine@ci.charlotte.nc.us

Contact council members and ask them to keep the name Stonewall Street, in honor of the Confederate hero:

Mayor Pat McCrory (704) 336-2241, mayor@ci.charlotte.nc.us
Patrick Mumford (704) 358-1689, patmumford@bellsouth.net
Don Lochman (704) 846-7351, dwlochman@yahoo.com
John Lassiter (704) 542-1426, lassiter@bellsouth.net
Nancy Carter (704) 336-3431, 71170.3036@compuserve.com
Patsy Kinsey (704) 376-5367, pbk2@mindspring.com
Warren Turner (704) 713-0452, district3_turner@yahoo.com
Andy Dulin (704) 367-1266, adulin1@carolina.rr.com
Susan Burgess (704) 333-2874, sburg346@aol.com
Anthony Foxx (704) 376-1913, foxxcharlotte@aol.com
James Mitchell (704) 398-9480, JamesDistrict2@aol.com
Michael Barnes (704) 509-6141, barnesdistrict4@aol.com


It turns out how Stonewall Street got its name may not be so clear after all.

Last week, historian Dan Morrill found an 1855 map with the street’s name on it, which seemed to indicate that it couldn’t have been named for Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson because he earned the nickname after that.

But Valerie Burnie, a librarian in the local history section of the public library, said Monday that because the map Morrill looked at is a copy, the street names could have been added to the map later.

"Frequently, when old maps were copied for modern people looking at them, they added the names of the streets as they were later," Burnie said. "I’m not saying those street names were definitely added later, but they could have been."

She has not been able to find the original 1855 map.

The origin of the street’s name is important because some city leaders want to rename it for civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The council has asked its staff to study more options to honor the civil rights leader and report back with the information.

Michelle Crouch