Fredericksburg City Council Rejects Petition to Rename Jefferson Davis Highway
VICTORY IN FREDERICKSBURG!
At the conclusion of Tuesday’s Fredericksburg City Council meeting, and
after hearing from dozens of citizens, the motion to appoint a
commission to study renaming Jefferson Davis Highway failed to get a
second, and died on the floor. We heard from many of you who called,
wrote, and emailed City Council and Mary Washington University and offer
our sincere thanks for your efforts!
The night of the meeting, about a dozen flaggers gathered outside of the
courthouse, and council chambers were packed. The Mary Washington
University professor who started all of this was the first to speak.
He explained the project and mentioned that the students had researched
Jefferson Davis. He reiterated multiple times that Davis was a “white
supremacist”. The students that spoke regurgitated his words. They
offered no primary documents. One by one, those in attendance heard the
same thing over and over again. It was clear that the students had not a
clue about history, Davis, or the economic impact of this proposal.
The majority of those signed up to speak were local citizens who were
against the proposal. Most of these folks offered primary sources and
one person wrote about the huge economic impact on the city if the name
was to be changed. The professor and students seemed to be clueless as
to the economic impact. The screen in the room showed the faces of the
future, self-righteous and smirking.
Our friend Ms. Teresa Roane gave a beautiful statement, pointing out the
relationship between the Davis family and people of color. She gave the
Fredericksburg City Council two photocopies of letters to prove her
assertions. (Take note, Mary Washington University students…in
research, this is called a primary document) One student, who opened by
describing herself as a communist, dismissed Ms. Roane and the letters,
claiming they were “obviously” written by people with Stockholm
Syndrome. We find it interesting that those who would point their finger
at Jefferson Davis and call him a “white supremacist” do not believe
people of color can think for themselves.
Special thanks to Commander Bill West of the Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy
SCV Camp #2141 for his work organizing and rallying the troops in
attendance Tuesday night, and kudos to all those who came to stand up
and speak out in support of the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway.