If you live in the Arlington area, you probably drive on Jefferson Davis Highway pretty often. But that name is pretty controversial. The road was named Jefferson Davis Highway in 1922 by the Virginia General Assembly to commemorate the Confederate general from the Civil War. Recently, however, there has been a lot of uproar in the local community. They don’t like the name because they think that it reflects confederate values and commemorates something that shouldn’t be commemorated. There is also the other side that thinks that changing the name is defying history and should not be done.
The Arlington County Board, however, has made a request to the state Transportation Department, asking them to change the name. If the request is passed the name will be changed to Richmond Highway or Richmond Boulevard in October. The request has been made to the state Transportation Department to effectively bypass the VA General Assembly. If the move works, however, is yet to be seen.
An article from WTOP contributed to this article.