Support the renaming of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Sir Francis Drake was a slave trader!

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Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is an east–west main arterial road in Marin County, California, running from the trailhead for Point Reyes Lighthouse at the end of the Point Reyes Peninsula to Interstate 580 just west of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. It is a main thoroughfare through (from west to east) for the communities of Inverness, Point Reyes Station, Olema, Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, San Geronimo, Woodacre, Fairfax, San Anselmo, Ross, Kentfield, Greenbrae, and Larkspur. 

It is named after the English pirate and slave trader Francis Drake, whose ship The Golden Hinde landed along the Pacific coast of North America in 1579, claiming the area for England as "Nova Albion." Drake's landing place has often been theorized to be at what is now called Drakes Bay, northeast of the western terminus for the boulevard on Point Reyes. Francis Drake is a morally dubious hero in many ways, and a villain. He contributed to the colonization of the New World and benefitted from slavery. 

To have the main road that travels through Marin County be named after a known slave trader glorifies and honors his work. Honoring a slave trader is incredibly offensive and isn't inclusive to Marin's community at large. Marin County is making a bold statement to the world that the morals and values that was upheld by Sir Francis Drake is honored by naming a major thoroughfare after him. 

Now is the time to take a stand and demand that Sir Francis Drake Blvd be renamed to honor someone or something that stands for inclusivity. This is an opportunity to have Marin County come together, take a stand and unite in solidarity to stop the glorification of the white supremacist Francis Drake. 

If you live in Marin County or use Sir Francis Drake Blvd as a road please considering signing this petition to demand the renaming of Sir Francis Drake Blvd.