By Associated Press - Tuesday, June 5, 2018

BOSTON (AP) - An advocacy group is renewing calls to rename Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall because its namesake owned slaves.

The New Democracy Coalition requested in a Monday letter to the Boston City Council that it hold hearings to gather public feedback on the idea.

The downtown meeting house was built in 1742 and was where Samuel Adams and other American colonists made some of the earliest speeches urging independence from Britain.

But the landmark was built for the city by Peter Faneuil (FAN’-yul), a wealthy merchant who owned and traded slaves.

Kevin Peterson, the coalition’s founder, raised the issue last summer. He suggested the “Cradle of Liberty” could instead honor Crispus Attucks, a black man considered the first American killed in the Revolutionary War.

City Council President Andrea Campbell didn’t immediately comment.

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