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Rochester is changing the names of 2 city parks



Rochester, New York — Rochester to rename the names of two city parks. One of them bears the name of the city’s founder.

Plans to rename Nathaniel Square Park at the corner of South Avenue and Alexander Street are approved by the Rochester City Council.

Before coming north Nathaniel Rochester enslaved people in Maryland.

Charles Carroll Park on Andrews Street at the Genesee River is named for another of Rochester’s founding fathers. Carroll was also an enslaver.

It will also undergo a name change.

Among the names proposed for the parks are Austin Steward, Rochester’s first black businessman, and James McCuller, the former executive director of Action for a Better Community.