Savannah's iconic bridge may lose Talmadge name

Savannah's iconic bridge may lose Talmadge name

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The iconic Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge that spans the Savannah River and serves as a backdrop for many tourist photos could soon have a new name.

There is support from the Chatham County delegation in the General Assembly and from city hall to remove the Talmadge name.

Republican Rep. Ron Stephens of Savannah said there is pretty much a consensus among legislators to change the name to Savannah Bridge or Savannah River Bridge. He said the delegation expects to prepare legislation soon to change the name.

Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson told the Savannah Morning News that she favors removing the Talmadge name because it's an insult to the African-American community.

Talmadge served three terms as governor and was an advocate of segregation.

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