Confederate street names will be considered for removal in Loudoun
LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA – Many Confederate names and symbols may be endangered in Loudoun County. At a meeting this week, the county supervisory board voted to pursue a plan to remove symbols related to Segregation and Confederation.
In September, supervisors will receive a more detailed plan on the costs associated with renaming the roads and removing certain other symbols. In one inventory established by the department, A total of 12 names are being considered for deletion.
Confederate and segregationist symbols identified include Confederate Court, Early Avenue, Fort Johnston Road, Hampton Road, Harry Byrd Highway, Jackson Avenue, Jeb Stuart Road, John Mosby Highway, Lee Drive, Longstreet Avenue, Pickett Road, and Mosby Heritage Area. The county inventory did not include any names related to the school system, as public schools in Loudoun County conduct their own review.
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The county is still considering other names submitted by the public. The inventory also did not include some roads whose origin was unclear, such as Lee Court in Sterling Park. “Staff have not conducted a meaningful research on all possible items that could be included in the inventory, so it is possible that other items may be appropriate to add,” said council action measure. ‘administration.
At Tuesday’s meeting, At-Large President Phyllis Randall spoke passionately about removing the symbols. “I have no problem finding every nook and cranny named after a segregationist or an accomplice of a slave owner and changing that,” she said. “It’s not a problem for me at all.”
Still, Randall wanted to be clear that she wasn’t trying to rush to remove the names, as others have expressed concerns about the cost and the audience’s contribution. “If I live in Round Hill and wake up tomorrow morning and find out that the board of directors voted to change the name of my street, without a discussion, I would be upset.”
In September, the board will receive an assessment of the cost associated with the name change. In the meantime, they will also continue to receive comments from the public on the possible effects on voters.
In a closing statement, Vice President Koran Saines, who is black, expressed his reasoning for wanting to remove the symbols. “If the segregationists had what they wanted, Supervisors Randall, Glass and I would be second-class citizens in an apartheid society,” he said. “What message does he send by having so many things named after confederates and segregationists.”