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Virginia city votes to remove Jefferson Davis’ name from the highway

At The Beginning Of Jan. 1 in the next year, Jefferson Davis Highway in Alexandria, Va., known Richmond Highway.

(Fox 5 DC)

After three years of discussion, the city Council in Alexandria, Va., to remove voted Saturday, the name of Jefferson Davis from the city highway.

Jefferson Davis Highway, named after the only President of the Confederate States, renamed Richmond Highway, members of the Council decided in a 6-0 vote.

The change will take effect Jan. 1 of next year, a city, the press release said.

The old names offended many residents of Virginia, the seventh-largest city, which has a population of about 160,000 and is about 8 miles South of Washington DC

“It is offensive. It is offensive to those who those who have been here. So, it’s time for a change,” resident Amanda Mitchell said in Washington on WJLA-TV.

“It is offensive. It is offensive to those who those who have been here. So, it is time for a change.”

– Amanda Mitchell, residing in Alexandria, Va.

The change is reportedly the city’s $27,000 cost for new signage and other expenses for the road, which is also part of US Route 1.

A deadly massacre in the year 2015, at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S. C., kick-started the name change process, reported the Washington Post. Nine people died in the shooting.

The shooting, and incidents such as a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., in the last year, many communities have had to rethink in the South to the heritage of the Confederacy.

Many of the municipalities have been removed, statues of Confederate figures, or the change of name of streets or buildings, but not without the objections of those who say that the Tribute to help convey the history of the region.

Alexandria mayor Allison Silberberg, however, supports the highway to change the name.

“It speaks to who we are. We are a city of kindness and compassion, a city where we are not only tolerant, but welcoming and accepting, where diversity is a core value,” Silberberg WJLA-TV said.

A community task force recommended unanimously that the new name “Richmond Highway,” which came from hundreds of proposals, the Post reported.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and a reporter for Fox News.

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