Cobo Center no more: Detroit center removes name of ex-mayor with racist past

From WikiMedia Commons

DETROIT (AP) — The home of the Detroit’s annual auto show and other major events is officially changing its name that honored a former mayor known for his racist, segregationist policies.

Officials on Tuesday announced that Cobo Center becomes TCF Center. The change follows the February announcement of a $33 million naming rights deal with Chemical Bank, now a division of TCF Bank.

Officials have said the name change will save state taxpayers millions of dollars and move the riverfront facility toward being financially self-sustaining. It had been owned and operated by the city until 2009, when a regional authority was created.

Officials said earlier this year a new name also removes negative history. Albert Cobo, who served as mayor from 1950 to 1957, sought to keep blacks out of predominantly white neighborhoods.

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3 comments

  • steve

    Change building names. Cover up paintings. Tear down statues……Go ahead. Erase history, and then everybody will be happy. And, since there’s no more evidence slavery ever happened, nobody will be able to demand reparations. Sounds about right.

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