The family of Daisy Peterson Sweeney is upset the City of Montreal has changed its mind about naming a street after the piano teacher who taught many jazz greats, including her brother, Oscar Peterson, and Oliver Jones.
Celine Peterson, Oscar’s daughter, says then-mayor Denis Coderre said at her aunt’s funeral a year ago the city would name a street after Peterson Sweeney.
The family was hoping the administration would rename a street in front of a downtown church where Peterson Sweeney taught piano and had also contributed to the city’s black community.
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But family members say they were informed by Valerie Plante‘s administration in May that a small park, or what Celine calls a “dog run,” will now bear her name.
Peterson said the family let the city know in a formal letter the park idea was unacceptable but that it only received a form letter in return.
The pianist died last Aug. 11 at the age of 97.
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