Alexandria Letter: New Names For Highway

Alexandria Letter: New Names For Highway

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

The decision has been taken to rename the Jefferson Davis Highway. Why is the City Council squandering this opportunity to begin amending past mistakes by giving it the name of an African American leader? Why aren't Civil Rights organizations ready with lists of appropriate African Americans to name streets after in the future, if possible identifying some slaves associated with our city?

How about naming this highway for Samuel W. Tucker? Two years ago, on Aug. 21, 2014, we celebrated the75th anniversary of his heroic sit-in at the Alexandria Library. He was a pioneer of one of the most successful of all nonviolent methods of social change, and a superb role model. He's one more reason to be proud to be an Alexandrian. Could we do better?

Beth Vodola