Lee and Lee Jackson Memorial highways renamed Route 29, Route 50 in Fairfax Co.

This Monday, July 26, 2021 photo shows a sign for Lee Highway in Fairfax County, Va. The names of Confederate leaders are being stripped from schools and major highways throughout Virginia. But when it comes to the many side streets in the state that carry Confederate names, it's a different story. (AP Photo/Dan Huff)(AP/Dan Huff)
Lee Highway and Lee Jackson Memorial Highway will be renamed to their route number in Fairfax County, Virginia, as part of the county’s effort to strip names of Confederate generals from roads, buildings and locations.

Lee Highway will change to Route 29 and Lee Jackson Memorial Highway will change to Route 50 on July 5.

The county’s Board of Supervisors appointed a Confederate Names Task Force in 2021 to determine whether the roadways should keep their names. The task force voted overwhelmingly in favor of changing the names later that year.

“The renaming of both roadways signifies our unwavering dedication to acknowledging the experiences of our community, especially our African American neighbors,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey McKay said in a news release. “Thanks to the dedicated work of all the community members who participated in the Confederate Names Task Force, we can put these divisive names behind us.”

Residents and business owners on Route 29 and Route 50 will need to update their address records, including their driver’s license, information with utility companies and postal service information. The address change will happen automatically on July 5 for county-related records, including Fairfax Water, property tax and voter registration, according to a county news release.

Business owners also must update all local and state business licenses and other essential information associated with their business operations.

Fairfax County is developing a grant program to provide financial assistance to those impacted by the change.

Last year, the county also renamed its Lee District to the Franconia District, and several county facilities previously named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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