Nathan Deal

Girl Scouts lobby to relabel bridge named for segregationist

Hundreds of Girl Scouts from across Georgia gathered inside the state Capitol on Tuesday, offering cookies and smiles as they sought to convince lawmakers to get their founder's name affixed to a Savannah bridge that currently honors a white segregationist.

The bridge may bear former Gov. Eugene Talmadge's name, but Rep. Ron Stephens said he recently learned the state legislature never officially named the bridge for Talmadge. The Department of Transportation never gave it an official name, nor did lawmakers. Legislation to do so passed the House in 1991, but never passed the Senate, he said.

Buoyed by this technicality, Stephens, a Savannah Republican, introduced a bill...