Kansas City board votes to remove name from iconic fountain

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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 23, 2020, people gather at the J.C. Nichols fountain in Kansas City, Mo. The city’s board of parks and recreation is considering a proposal to remove the J.C. Nichols name from the fountain and a nearby street as they address racial concerns about the influential local developer. Nichols developed some of the area’s most desirable neighborhoods as well as the city’s County Club Plaza shopping district in the early 1900’s but excluded Blacks, Jews and other minorities using deed restrictions on his properties. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City officials have voted to remove the name of an influential developer from the city’s most recognizable fountain because he barred Blacks and Jews from his neighborhoods.

The Board of Parks and Recreation voted unanimously Tuesday to remove J.C. Nichols’ name from a fountain near the city’s upscale Country Club Plaza, and from an adjacent street.

The city will take suggestions for a replacement name until at least July 7.

Nichols’ development of the Plaza and thousands of upscale and middle-class homes transformed the city and its surrounding suburbs in the early 1900s, but deed restrictions kept minorities out of his developments.

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