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Alexandria hosting public hearing tonight on Confederate street renaming plans

Forrest Street, named for Nathan Bedford Forrest (image via Google Maps)

The City of Alexandria is hosting a public hearing tonight on plans to rename streets that honor Confederate leaders.

Last month, the city identified six streets that could be renamed early next year.

The streets and new names being considered are:

The hearing is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. in Alexandria City Hall (301 King Street).

“The City Council Naming Committee will hold a Public Hearing as part of Alexandria City Council’s effort to embrace a more inclusive and accepting community,” the city’s website said. “Mayor Justin Wilson has introduced a proposal to rename streets in the City of Alexandria that are named for Confederate soldiers. A public hearing will be held to provide an opportunity for community input.”

Feedback can also be submitted online.

The public meeting comes a little over a month before the proposal heads to the City Council on Jan. 10. If approved, the streets will be changed that month.

The plan is to rename roughly three streets per year.

Photo via Google Maps

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