Rename the Joel Award

Reimagining the Joel Award

During the June IPNA meeting we discussed the renaming of our neighborhood community service award. As you may know, the award was created in the mid-1970s by Robert Griggs, the founder of Inman Park Restoration, as a way for young, pioneering neighbors to recognize one another’s efforts in revitalizing our long-neglected neighborhood. The award became known as the Joel Award in recognition of Joel Hurt, the surveyor and developer of Inman Park.

As awareness has grown in recent years about Joel Hurt and his history of using and abusing convict labor, his name has become uncomfortable for many. (For reference, see Slavery by Another Name by Douglas Blackmon.) Clearly, Joel Hurt doesn’t represent the values of 21st century Inman Park. It is time for us to select a new name for the award.

We would like your feedback on what the new name should be. Please add your suggestion for a new award name below in the comments section or email [email protected].

Award Name Process: 

July 1-July 7th: Submit suggestions for new name via blog comment or email. 

July 8-July 15: Online Voting Begins. All name submissions received will be put out to the membership for a vote.

IPNA Meeting, July 16th: The top two suggestions with the most votes will be introduced at the meeting. Members will cast 1 vote for their choice during the meeting. The name with the most votes will be the winner and our new award name. 

We encourage you to submit your suggestion or echo your support for a name someone has already posted. Thanks for helping us rename this award.



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Comments on "Rename the Joel Award"

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Millie Astin - Thursday, July 02, 2020

I vote for The Butterfly Award. This symbol has represented us well over the years. I believe there are way too many IP pioneers to single out one person.

Polly Sherrill - Thursday, July 02, 2020

i vote for the John Sweet Award..what an awesome man ,neighbor,neighbor and dirty laundry..thanks..

Al Caproni - Wednesday, July 01, 2020

How about the Janus Butterfly Award? Remembering our past while looking forward to our future.

Amy Bettle Covin - Wednesday, July 01, 2020

I believe it was Cathy Bradshaw that first suggested calling it The Butterfly Award. I'd like to make a slight enhancement to that and suggest naming it THE ORDER OF THE BUTTERFLY. Sounds a bit more distinctive and distinguished. - Philip Covin

Jerry Prine - Wednesday, July 01, 2020

The IPNA Butterfly Award makes a ton of sense - simple easy to relate to. I have see several notable names mentioned - but a shout out to our long term logo makes sense. Jerry Prine Dixie Ave

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