Why did the federal government remove the name, ‘Rebel,’ from an Alabama cul-de-sac?

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(AL.Com) – Rebel Court has no houses on it and amounts to nothing more than an unmarked cul-de-sac in the middle of a rural field about 20 miles south of Mobile.

But the days of having “Rebel” in its name are numbered. And it’s at the federal government’s suggestion to have the Rebel name scrubbed from the rural Alabama street.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a division of the U.S. Department of Interior, recently requested and received approval on Monday for the name change from the Mobile County Commission.

The approval comes about three months after the agency purchased 5.1 acres surrounding the cul-de-sac in June. The cul-de-sac’s new name is “Fowl River Court,” named after the nearby river.

Part of the reason for the name change, according to a BLM spokesperson, was the “historic connotations” of linking the word rebel with the Confederacy.

“The name change primarily was initiated to accurately reflect the area’s natural landscape characteristics and help the public identify the recreational opportunities of the newly acquired public lands in Mobile County,” Kristen Peters, spokesperson with the BLM, told… (Recreation opportunities on just 5 acres??? Total BS! – DD)

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