State authorities voted Wednesday to remove the name of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a northern Virginia county highway.
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam said he supported the change.
“While it is necessary for us to honestly discuss and interpret Virginia’s history, I feel strongly that commemorating the president of the Confederacy through the name of a major thoroughfare is not appropriate,” he wrote.
NEW: The Commonwealth Transportation Board unanimously votes to change the name of Jefferson Davis Highway to Richmond Highway.
Arlington County plans to change the signs in October after public awareness campaign.
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Alexandria, just south of Arlington, also uses the name Richmond, with officials having approved the change in June 2018. The Richmond name continues as the highway travels south through Fairfax County.
Activists have long sought to remove the name for its Confederate origins, but only gained enough momentum after protesters, including white supremacists, clashed at a Charlottesville, Virginia, rally in August 2017, and a car plowed into the crowd, killing one person, according to The Associated Press. (RELATED: At Least Three Dead In Charlottesville As Protests Continue)
Route 1 runs 2,369 miles from Maine to Key West, Florida. The Arlington section of the road is marked to the north by the Potomac River and south by Alexandria’s border, according to InsideNova.com.
The Virginia Assembly changed the name in 1922, in part because of the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s request.
New street signs are set to be complete by Oct. 1.
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