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

Posted: 11:40 AM, Aug 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-27 11:40:07-04

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.