Richmond NAACP to propose renaming of Jefferson Davis Highway

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond NAACP branch and the Jefferson Davis Neighborhood Civic Association are holding a press conference Monday afternoon.

The conference is planned for June 8 and will be held at the intersection of Walmsley Boulevard and Jefferson Davis Highway at 4 p.m.

The conference’s main purpose is to propose the renaming of Jefferson Davis Highway, as well as making land improvements throughout the corridor.

Those pushing for the efforts said the name “Jefferson Davis” does not represent the community it serves.

The Civic Association sent a letter to Councilman Reva Trammel, saying the highway should be renamed to something more suitable for the culture.

Local leader Charles Willis said they’ve been exploring the name change for seven years, but now is the time to act.

Last year, Councilwoman Kim Gray told 8News that the topic has been brought up in council’s conversations. Gray expressed her interest in having a community conversation.

Richmond would not be the first locality to change the name — Northern Virginia renamed the highway “Richmond Highway” last year.

Stay with 8News for updates.

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