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City Council votes to rename Jefferson Davis Highway in Richmond

Posted at 11:15 AM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 12:27:12-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond City Council voted Monday to rename a portion of Jefferson Davis Highway.

The stretch of Route 1 from Hull Street to Walmsley Boulevard within city limits will now be called Richmond Highway.

Over the summer, the Richmond branch of the NAACP called for a name change to the highway that honors Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Other localities in Northern Virginia have already changed the name: The road is called Richmond Highway in Fairfax and Arlington counties and in the city of Alexandria.