Supervisor Proposes Renaming Lindbergh Park for Lucille Berrien
Berrien is a long-time activist that was involved in the fair housing marches of the 1960's.
The park is located at the intersection of N. 16th St. and W. Nash St. It’s named for the pilot Charles Lindbergh, who gained renown after making the first solo, non-stop flight between Paris and New York City in 1927.
In April, the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression began calling for the park to be renamed for Berrien. The group said there was majority support in the area for the name change, WUWM reported.
The resolution sponsored by Coggs-Jones says Berrien is a “prominent and highly regarded individual in Milwaukee” and notes that she was an activist with the open housing movement in Milwaukee and the Welfare Mothers March. In 1972, Berrien was the first Black woman to run for mayor in the city, but lost to Milwaukee’s longest serving mayor, Henry Maier.
Coggs-Jones’ resolution also recognizes Berrien for serving on the Legal Action of Wisconsin Board of Directors, the Black Health Coalition Board and for fostering 120 children.
Lindbergh Park was conveyed to Milwaukee County by the City of Milwaukee in 1936. The deed included a provision requiring the park be named for Lindbergh. In order for the county to rename the park, the city will have to repeal that provision, according to Coggs-Jones’ resolution.
The resolution directs Milwaukee County Parks to work with the city to repeal the provision, and also authorizes $9,750 for signage at the park.