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Arlington County Plans to Rename Lee Highway for Abolitionist John Langston – NBC4 Washington – Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia 2021-06-12 17:35:51 –

A county in northern Virginia, near the state’s capital, is paving the way for renaming major highways that now share a name with General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate Army.

The Arlington County Commission will vote next month at a meeting on Saturday to rename Lee Highway for abolitionist John Langston, who was also the first black man to be elected to Congress from Virginia. Said that.

The five boards unanimously voted on Saturday and postponed the final vote to July 17. In a news release, the board said an additional month would allow for additional community involvement and refinement of cost estimates.

The county currently estimates that the name change will cost $ 300,000.

The highway, which has also been designated as US 29, was named Lee Highway in the 1920s. The new name will be Langston Boulevard.

The name change is only for the Lee Highway section through Arlington County. The adjacent Fairfax County is considering a new name for the highway as part of a county-wide review of all street names related to the Confederate Army.

Arlington County has already recently renamed the Jefferson Davis Highway, named after the former Confederate President.

Robert E. Lee has lived in Arlington County for many years.

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