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Online petition aims to change name of Jefferson Davis Highway

Posted at 12:00 AM, Jul 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-13 02:54:46-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A major Virginia road is coming under fire as controversy surrounding Confederate symbols builds across the nation.

More than 3,000 people have signed an online Change.org petition demanding Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1) be renamed.

In a letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, petition organizers said the road named after the Mississippi-born former president of the Confederacy has no place in Virginia.

The highway, which was originally named in 1922, runs from northern Virginia right through Central Virginia and on to North Carolina and other states.