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Girl Scouts pushing to rename Talmadge Bridge after founder Juliette Gordon Low

WJCL 1/10/2018

The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia are pushing state lawmakers to rename Savannah's Talmadge Bridge after their founder Juliette Gordon Low.

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Their push coincides with city efforts to rename the bridge.

The bridge is currently named for early 20th century Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge. City officials say Talmadge had no direct connection with the Savannah area, and he promoted segregation and white supremacy.

The city passed a resolution in September 2017 asking the state to rename the bridge "The Savannah Bridge."

But the Girl Scouts want to see the iconic bridge named after their founder.

Juliette Gordon Low was born in Savannah in 1860. She started the Girl Scouts in 1912. Her vision was to create an inclusive group for young girls where they could learn important life skills.

Since her death in 1927, her home on Oglethorpe Avenue has become a historic site and meeting place for more than 50 million girl scouts nationwide.

The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will visit the statehouse in Atlanta during the 2018 legislative session to ask state senators and representatives to rename the Talmadge Bridge after Juliette Gordon Low.

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