Kenyan McDuffie

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A DC Lawmaker Wants to Review Names of Controversial Streets and Statues

April 3, 2019
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Statues, streets and schools in the District named after figures with controversial pasts might soon be receiving new names.

D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie proposed a new law that would create a commission responsible for reviewing the names of monuments, markers and symbols “that do not align with the values of the District of Columbia.”

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McDuffie said members of the committee should be students, historical societies and racial equity organizations. They would have the power to change names of property that the city owns. Federal landmarks wouldn’t be impacted.

The proposal comes at a time local officials have been eyeing name changes to roads and parks in their cities. Last month, Hyattsville introduced legislation to rename Magruder Park, and Virginia took a step toward renaming a portion of Jefferson Davis Highway.

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And in February, D.C. residents attended a forum titled “Time to Consider Changing the Name of Woodrow Wilson High School.”

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