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Jefferson Davis Highway name changed in Arlington

Posted on May 17,2019
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Jefferson Davis Highway will be erased from the map in Arlington, Virginia. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
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By Max Smith

ARLINGTON - Jefferson Davis Highway will be no more in Arlington County. Virginia.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board voted Wednesday to change the official name of U.S. Route 1 through Arlington County to Richmond Highway this fall.

“Jefferson Davis had no known connection to this region …. and the very designation…was a direct and antagonistic response to the proposed Lincoln Highway,” Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said.

It symbolized white supremacy in a Jim Crow south, Dorsey said.

Dorsey emphasized that Arlington has pressed for the change for years — even before the 2017 attack in Charlottesville – and that the road will now have the same name from Fort Belvoir to the Potomac.

Source Wtop



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