Girl Scouts petition to rename Talmadge Bridge

The Talmadge Bridge name is controversial because it recognizes former Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge, a segregationist. (Credit: Shelbey Roberts)

The Girl Scouts of America are hoping to promote the legacy of the organization’s founder, Juliette Gordon Low, through a new initiative. The Girl Scouts are petitioning to rename the Talmadge Bridge in her honor.

“We thought what a great time to honor someone in our community—that was from our community that did such an amazing you know effort for girls and for women,” said Sue Else, the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

Low started the organization in Savannah more than a century ago. Now, more than 10,000 girls have signed a petition to rename the Talmadge Bridge the Juliette Gordon Low Bridge, according to Else.

Else said, “We’re the Hostess City you know and Juliette was inclusive. She made sure from day one—in a time that not everyone was thinking about inclusivity—she made sure that every girl could become a Girl Scout.”

The Talmadge name is controversial because it recognizes former Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge, a segregationist. Back in September, Savannah City Council passed a resolution that proposed renaming it the Savannah Bridge. But the Girl Scouts still plan to move forward with their petition.

“In Girl Scouts, ‘bridging’ is very meaningful. It means going from one level of Girl Scouts to the next level of Girl Scouting. And so to have an iconic bridge you know named after their leader is just going to be an amazing experience for them,” said Else.

The Girl Scouts will be visiting the state capital on Feb. 6 to speak with legislators about their hopes of the making their effort a reality.

“So instead of just learning how a bill becomes a law, they’re actually in there. They’re going to be talking to you know legislators about how something like this can actually happen,” Else stated.

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