NEW ORLEANS - During tomorrow's regular meeting, the New Orleans City Council will consider a final ordinance to rename Jefferson Davis Parkway to Norman C. Francis Parkway. Ordinance 33,004 is scheduled to be discussed at approximately 12 noon.
"Removing the vestiges of Jim Crow from our public spaces is essential work. It does not solve our problems, but it is a small part of healing our society's wounds. This change, driven by a community-led petition, supported by five current or former New Orleans Mayors, US Senator and Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, Congressmen, State Senators and even national figures like Stevie Wonder, is just the beginning of our work to defeat and dismantle systems and symbols of white supremacy and racism," said Councilmember-At-Large Helena Moreno.
The City Planning Commission unanimously approved the name change at this month's meeting. Now, the Council is set to finally vote on the new name, which, if approved, will go into effect on January 1, 2021.
Live meeting coverage will be available at council.nola.gov as well as on Cox Cable Channel 6 beginning at 10 AM tomorrow, August 20.
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