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Richmond renames Confederate Ave as part of larger reckoning

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that its name is now Laburnum Park Boulevard.
Credit: AP Photo/Steve Helber
The afternoon sun illuminates the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave in Richmond, Va., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.

RICHMOND, Va. — The City Council in Richmond, Virginia, has renamed a stretch of four residential blocks that had been known as Confederate Avenue. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that its name is now Laburnum Park Boulevard. 

The renaming is part of a much larger and ongoing reckoning over the city’s history of slavery and racial discrimination. 

The capital city took down nearly all of its Confederate monuments this summer in the wake racial justice protests. 

Laburnum Park Boulevard is located in a historic district with the same name. 

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine lives on Laburnum Park Boulevard with his wife Anne Holton. They also supported the change.