Girl Scouts Still Fighting to Change Name of Georgia Bridge

Mar 12, 2018

Georgia's Girl Scouts may be earning a new badge for persistence.

Scouts returned to the state Capitol on Monday to once again ask lawmakers to get their founder's name affixed to a Savannah bridge that currently honors a white segregationist.

This April 20, 2017 photo shows the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge at sunset in Savannah, Ga.
Credit AP Photo/Sally Hale

Despite the presence of hundreds of scouts in the Capitol last month, efforts to remove former Gov. Eugene Talmadge's name from the bridge and replace it with that of Savannah native Juliette Gordon Low have stalled. Neither a House nor Senate resolution has received a floor vote this session, which ends March 29.

The organization held its latest news conference on the issue Monday.

Rep. Ron Stephens says the bridge was never formally named after Talmadge. He says he is still working on securing enough votes to back his proposal for the new name.