Occupy Atlanta "Renames" Woodruff Park To Troy Davis Park
Group decided on renaming Monday night
Nearly four days into their occupation of Woodruff Park, Occupy Atlanta has renamed the 6-acre Downtown greenspace "Troy Davis Park.
The renaming honors the Savannah man executed by the state Sept. 21 for the 1989 shooting death of Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail.
Davis' case drew worldwide attention and appeals for clemency because of doubt regarding his guilt in light of seven of nine witnesses who recanted or changed their original testimony.
On Friday, when Occupy Atlanta took over Woodruff Park, a handful of participants could be seen wearing "I Am Troy Davis" tee-shirts.
It's not likely the city's parks department will recognize the renaming, however.
A parks department spokeswoman did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Tuesday.
The park is named for Robert W. Woodruff, president of Coca-Cola Co. from 1923 to 1954.
A philanthropist, Woodruff donate the land to the city in 1971 and it was opened as a park two years later.
As for the occupation itself, the group's original permit was only for Friday.
The group said it met with Atlanta police officials and were warned Monday the department would begin enforcing ordinances.
But it's not clear if any arrests have been made as have occured in other Occupy rallies in other cities.