At its meeting last week, the Fulton Library Board did not approve the Roswell naming committee’s suggested name, A.W. Holcombe Library.
“Now we need to go back to the drawing board,” said Lynn McIntyre, one of three committee members.
The rejected name was Holcombe Glen Library, after A.W. Holcombe, a prominent local citizen, land owner, business person and delegate to the Constitutional Convention during Reconstruction.
According to the committee, that name “would help locate the library location as well as provide an opportunity to illuminate a time of great upheaval in Georgia’s history,” the post Civil War era when slavery had ended and when voting rights for former slaves were first established in Georgia.
“There was concern about the name for several interesting reasons,” McIntyre said in an email she sent to report to her fellow committee members.
“One board member wanted to know why it wasn't going to be East Roswell Library. Another comment was having the 'e' on Holcomb was confusing. There was concern about the use of the word ‘Glen’ which sounded like a neighborhood to some, but did not convey the location.
“All in all, there was little concern with the use of the name of A.W. Holcombe from a historical point of view and more concern about getting the location well established.”
Roswell’s challenge is to name what will be the second library in the city in a way that clearly denotes where it is.
Prior to the library board meeting, Mayor Jere Wood made it clear that he and other elected officials would not be happy calling it East Roswell Library, even though that has been the facility’s informal name since a group of citizens first began advocating for the second library several years ago.
Calling it East Roswell would be unacceptable, Wood said, because “some folks create division in Roswell over living on one side of town versus the other.”
The naming committee is actively soliciting suggested names from city residents. Names can be sent by email to any of the following Naming Committee members, no later than Sept. 9:
•Eileen Seidman R4455ATL@aol.com
•Nancy Diamond: firstname.lastname@example.org
•Lynn McIntyre: email@example.com