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How Lady Antebellum's name change could affect Augusta area

Lady A Pavillion (Source: WRDW)
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Published: Jun. 11, 2020 at 10:42 PM EDT
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Thursday, June 11, 2020

EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Country group Lady Antebellum announced it is shortening its name to just Lady A. While the name change is big for the group, it could bring a big change in the Augusta area.

>Lady Antebellum

> after considering its ties to slavery.

Some people already called the group Lady A in the first place, because it was shorter to say. But after the band announced the changes to their name, it has definitely stirred up conversations on whether or not the name of the Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Evans should change, too.

"It's very upsetting to me," one Augusta resident said.

It feels like too much change.

But for others, it's one step in the right direction.

"I support their change," another resident said.

The band said in a news release that members decided on the change because "the word refers to the period of history before the Civil War which includes slavery." The band went on to say, "We are deeply hurt for the cause of anyone who felt unsafe ....unseen ... Or unvalued."

Lady A members also said the inspiration for their original name came from the old antebellum house where they often shot photos.

A public relations manager in Columbia County received the news release from the band and notified county commissioners. She says as of right now, there has not been a decision or a discussion about making any changes to the Lady A Pavilion.

But it's still on the field for some residents:

• "I won't have anything but sorrow because that is a part of America's history," said one.

• "I think that we naturally shorten the name anyways. If they took it amongst themselves that it needs to be changed, then why not?" said another.

If the name change does become an open discussion, there will still have to be a formal vote before deciding whether the name should change to match the band.

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