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Who Was Dick Dowling And Should Dowling Street Be Renamed?

Posted on · Earlier this month, State Rep. Garnet Coleman announced the beginning of an effort to change the name of Houston’s Dowling Street to Emancipation Avenue. Dowling Street was named after Richard “Dick” Dowling, who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. But who exactly was Dick Dowling? Dr. Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history at Rice […]

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Confederate Names and Symbols and Your Dental Questions: Houston Matters for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this year, HISD unveiled new mascots at four district schools, as part of a policy banning mascots deemed culturally offensive. But it’s not just mascots that can offend some Houstonians. Some question whether schools here should be named after figures from Confederate history – examples include Lee High School, named after General Robert E. […]