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German Group to Celebrate Sign Placed at Covington Street

The names of streets, churches, and other landmarks in our region saw their names changed during the period of World War I.

A region proudly populated by German immigrants suddenly faced the old country as an enemy to America, and patriotic names replaced the old ones. One such location was Bremen Street in Covington. Named for an important port city that was often the last piece of German land seen by those immigrating to America, the street was re-dubbed Pershing Avenue in honor of the American general. 

In the one hundred years since, that history is often forgotten.

The German-American Citizens League works to make sure people remember and on Saturday will celebrate the placement of a sign that denotes the street's original name. 

The River City News previously reported on the sign in this article: New Sign Recalls When Covington Street Was Re-Named Amid Anti-German Hysteria

GACL president Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann reached out to Covington City Commissioner Chuck Eilerman who facilitated the placement of the sign.

An official, ceremonial unveiling is scheduled for Saturday, July 26, at 10 a.m. at Pershing, which is located directly off Main Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets in Mainstrasse Village.

-Staff report

Photo: Sign noting Pershing Avenue's original name/RCN file