Lee Circle. Photo credit: Infrogmation of New Orleans.
An online petition to rename New Orleans’ Lee Circle as Allen Toussaint Circle has been launched, The idea started with a tweet by local musician Glen David Andrews, Andrews tweeted the suggestion on Tuesday after the world learned of the legendary New Orleans R&B musician, songwriter, performer and producers death.
The petition, created by the Allen Toussaint Circle, reads:
Let’s rechristen Lee Circle as Allen Toussaint Circle, with an appropriate memorial.
There isn’t a more fitting individual or a less divisive solution to the “monument issue.” Few New Orleanians have contributed so much to the city, the nation and the world – advancing our culture, creating amazing music with such a huge diversity of artists. As Jazz Fest’s Quint Davis said, “he was a one-man Motown.”Only Louis Armstrong could approach his stature, and of course he has a park named in his honor.
At this time of great sorrow for all lovers of New Orleans music and culture, such a move would unite us in a way we have not seen since the events of 10 years ago.
Allen Toussaint passed away on November 9, 2015, at the age of 77, following his performance Monday night at the Teatro Lara in Madrid, Spain. Read more on Toussaints legendary history here - http://www.keyboardmag.com/artists/1236/allen-toussaint-1938-2015/54989
To sign the Honor Allen Toussaint - Rename Lee Circle petition please visit : http://www.thepetitionsite.com/278/962/766/#sign