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Newport Street Gets New Designation to Remember Anti-German Hysteria

What is now Liberty Street in Newport was once known as German Street.

The name was changed around 1918 in the midst of growing anti-German sentiments during World War I.

A new street sign now commemorates the change. The German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati worked with the City of Newport to have the new sign placed. They are currently working out plans for a ceremony.

The same organization helped place a similar sign at Covington's Pershing Street, formerly known as Bremen Street.

"It's important to remember the anti-German hysteria of the first World War which included the changing of street names, the elimination of German instruction from public schools, harassment of people of German descent in the area," said Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, the organization's president, after the Covington sign was placed. "It's important especially this year as it is the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the first World War."

-Staff report

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