Rename Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway

Rename Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway

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Amy W started this petition to Virginia State House and

The Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway stretches from the east coast of the United States to the west coast. Although some parts of this highway have already been appropriately renamed, much of this road continues to be named after Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America. As the top leader of those who were traitors to their country in order to defend slavery as an institution, this person should not be respectfully honored by memorialization in a highway used by thousands of people every day.

The highway was originally dedicated to Jefferson Davis due to the influence of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, an organization that valorizes the Confederacy, promotes white supremacy, and has ties to the Ku Klux Klan. The highway was originally meant to pass near places of historical significance for Jefferson Davis, but that did not end up happening, so there really is no reason to have a transcontinental highway named for someone who is best known for using his power and privilege to defend slavery.

Earlier this year, Northern Virginia was able to successfully change the name to the part of this road that is in that area to be named "Richmond Highway." I propose that the rest of the state does the same, to stop honoring someone who divided and dehumanized people, and to create a united and consistent name for this highway that Virginian people and businesses are not ashamed to use.

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