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City Commission approves pond be renamed after former NAACP president Dr. Charles Evans, Sr.

Posted at 8:21 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 20:21:50-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Chapman Pond is in the Myers Park neighborhood, just a few houses away from the Evans family home.

The community raised concern about the pond named after former Supreme Court Justice Roy Harrison Chapman, who upheld segregation with his ruling in the 1950's. The pond was named after him in 1957.

Now Dr. Charles Evans, Sr. who fought against the injustices of Black people for years as president of the NAACP will be remembered forever at this spot.

"I am ecstatic," said Connie Evans, Charles Evans' widow. "I can't wait. We've been working on this for about a year and I cannot wait for it to occur. It's going to be a good thing for this neighborhood and a good thing for Tallahassee."

Evans died in 2013. His family is continuing his legacy. Evans' daughter is now the vice president of the Tallahassee branch of the NAACP.

There were 25 public comments in favor of the pond being renamed for him, including a letter from Florida A&M University president, Larry Robinson.

There is no date set yet for the dedication ceremony.