In early July, the Liverpool City Council had the idea to rename the seven streets in their town that were named for slave traders. In the 1700s, when Liverpool was a stopover for slave ships traveling from Africa to the Americas, the city relied on the slave trade for income, so naming streets after the traders was a big kiss-up. Three centuries later, the Council thought it was high time the streets were changed to honor instead such noble British figures as abolitionists William Roscoe and William Wilberforce. So that’s what they were doing when Penny Lane reared its pretty head. It, too, smacked of infamy, having been named after James Penny, a notorious Liverpool-based slave-ship captain, slave trader, and anti-abolitionist. Shaking their heads and humming the infectious 1967 Beatles tune about barbers, firemen, finger pies, and blue suburban skies, the councilmen realized to their chagrin that the street of song is one of the most popular tourist sites in Liverpool and, still being reliant on the tourist trade, they couldn’t possible change it. Meanwhile, what were those lovable mop-top Beatles thinking?