Changing Lewes’ name is bad idea

January 31, 2023

The idea and request in the Jan. 27 Cape Gazette letters to the editor concerning a petition drive to have Lewes’ name changed to Levittown-by-the-Sea is ridiculous. The author states “we need to recognize changing times and embrace the future, since we didn’t learn from the past." Lewes is named after the town of Lewes in southeast England. I don’t see anything controversial about it. It is mostly known as where the armies of Simon de Montfort met the royal army of Henry III at a site near Offham Hill in May 1264.  The name Levittown comes from a development in 1954 in New York that included racial covenants in each deed, making it a segregated community. If the intent is to move to the future, is that the legacy we want for our Lewes? 

Larry Sprigg


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