Richmond’s City Council is being asked to vote on a request that state lawmakers let the city decide whether to take down statues of Confederate leaders. The council is expected to vote on the proposal Monday night.
The Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to take the name Jefferson Davis off the stretch of Route 1 that runs north of Old Town, opting to rename the road Richmond Highway instead. Jefferson Davis was the president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
Residents expressed their displeasure at the Board of Supervisors’ inaction Tuesday night, but Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ name will remain on Route 1 in Prince William County, at least for the time being.
Alexandria is moving ahead with plans to rename one the city’s main thoroughfares. But the city wants to hear from residents to help it come up with a new name for Jefferson Davis Highway.
A committee established to consider changing the names of streets and landmarks named after Confederate figures in Alexandria has recommended changing the name of Jefferson Davis Highway.