Petition to rename San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza after Maya Angelou gains steam

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco may be getting a new name.

There's a petition to change the name in honor of poet and former San Francisco municipal railway driver -- Maya Angelou. It has collected nearly 10,000 signatures.

The woman behind the petition says she decided to launch it after learning about the man for whom Justin Herman Plaza is named.

Justin Herman ran a redevelopment agency in San Francisco. In that role - he led efforts to demolish thousands of black-owned homes and businesses in the Fillmore District.

Click here to view or sign the petition.
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