FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, file photo, pedestrians pass Faneuil Hall, also known as "the Cradle of Liberty" in Boston. Faneuil Hall, of the most iconic buildings in Boston, where the earliest calls for independence from Britain were sounded in the late 1700s, is named for a man who owned and traded black slaves. Now a move to rename the historic structure is gaining momentum. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Some seek Faneuil Hall name change because of slavery ties

June 17, 2018 - 10:35 pm

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Faneuil (FAN'-yul) Hall is where colonists met to discuss revolution, and where successive generations have continued to gather in their own struggles.

But the building known as the Cradle of Liberty is named after Peter Faneuil, a wealthy 18th century slave owner who financed construction as a gift to the city, and some think it's time for a change.

Kevin Peterson is at the forefront of efforts to change the name of the city-owned building he calls an affront to the city's black population. He's written to the mayor and city council to suggest renaming the building after Crispus Attucks, a black man killed during the 1770 Boston Massacre.

Mayor Marty Walsh appears resistant to change. He points out all the positive things that have happened in the building.

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