November 8, 2006
After hearing dozens of complaints about the name of Barber Park reflecting its segregated past, the park's new name will be John W. Saunders Memorial Park.
Saunders was the first African-American county extension agent in Lowndes County.
Rev. Floyd Rose said, "This decision by the council has separated this park from a shameful past and we all should be proud of that, both whites and blacks."
John W. Saunders was also the founder of the Valdosta/Lowndes County Ham and Eggs Show. He died in 1987.