WATCH: Daisy Peterson Sweeney family to meet with the mayor, still wants a street in her name
The family of the late Daisy Peterson Sweeney is meeting with Montreal mayor Valerie Plante next week to talk about a fitting tribute to the renowned piano teacher who has taught such greats as Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones.
But they're not giving up on having a street renamed in her honour even though the mayor said no and even though the city is spending $1.6M on fixing up a park and naming that after her.
Sweeney's niece Celine Peterson said, "We are not prepared to accept this park as a tribute at this time, and will still be discussing the importance of naming a street after Daisy as well as the follow-through of the other 375 women who were supposed to be honoured in the same way."
The 375 is in reference to the city's 375th anniversary.
Peterson said the plans for Parc Guy/Paxton - including an open space with a public piano - sound nice but that they still want a street named in her aunt's honour as promised by former mayor Denis Coderre.
"This is not a case of whether or not the revitilization would be good enough or not," said Peterson in an interview with CJAD 800 News.
"This is a case of following through on what was said and what the right thing to do would be."
Famed jazz pianist Oliver Jones, one of Sweeney's star students, said he's hoping they can come to an agreement.
“Daisy Peterson Sweeney was a very special lady who did so much for her community and beyond – she deserves to be honoured and recognized as such. I hope that an appropriate compromise can be reached and the city finds a way to honour her memory in a manner befitting such a wonderful lady and an integral part of Montreal’s history," said Jones in a statement to CJAD 800.
The family was not told about the park plans until they received a letter a few months ago saying the city would not be renaming a street after Sweeney but would instead name the park in her honour instead.
Peterson said this is also more than just honouring her aunt.
"This is about diversity within Montreal, this is about honouring Montreal's black history and we're going to make sure the right thing is done."