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Richmond renames Confederate Ave as part of larger reckoning

Confederate Ave in Richmond has been renamed
Confederate Ave in Richmond has been renamed (Google Maps)

RICHMOND, Va. – The City Council in Richmond, Virginia, has renamed a stretch of four residential blocks that had been known as Confederate Avenue.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that its name is now Laburnum Park Boulevard.

The renaming is part of a much larger and ongoing reckoning over the city’s history of slavery and racial discrimination. The capital city took down nearly all of its Confederate monuments this summer in the wake racial justice protests.

“We realize this won’t be earth-shattering or change systemic racism, but all of us can do something to create a more welcoming and inclusive community,” said Gwen Corley Creighton, a resident who worked with her neighbors to petition the city for the change. “This was one small thing we felt that we could do.”

Surveys found that 75% of the street’s 60 households supported the change. The protests over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody in May, might have been a tipping point for some who were hesitant to back the request, Creighton said.

Laburnum Park Boulevard is in a historic district with the same name.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine lives on Laburnum Park Boulevard with his wife Anne Holton. They also supported the change.