/ Modified mar 1, 2021 12:29 p.m.

Phoenix to dismantle Squaw Peak, Robert E. Lee street signs

Historically, “Squaw” is a slur used to describe Native American women

Squaw Peak Street Sign Squaw Peak Drive street sign in Phoenix
City of Phoenix

The city of Phoenix is officially installing new signs for two streets whose names have long been considered offensive.

Mayor Kate Gallego will look on Monday morning as workers erect a new sign for Piestewa Peak Drive, formerly Squaw Peak Drive. Historically, “Squaw” is a slur used to describe Native American women. Piestewa honors fallen Native American soldier Lori Piestewa.

Officials will also unveil signage for Desert Cactus Street, formerly Robert E. Lee Street. Critics say having a street named for the Confederate general glorifies the pro-slavery Confederacy.

The issue gained momentum last year with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement

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