RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond has selected June 22 as the dedication day for Arthur Ashe Boulevard.
The dedication is set for 11 a.m. on the front lawn of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. The event is free and open to the public. At 1 p.m., the city is hosting a community celebration at the Arthur Ashe Center.
In February, Richmond City Council voted to chage the name of Boulevard to honor tennis champion Arthur Ashe. In the 1950s, Ashe was denied access to the all-white tennis and recreational facilities at Byrd Park. Instead, Ashe honed his skills at Brook Field, the city’s park for black residents.