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Council to Take Aim at Jeff Davis Avenue

As part of the city council's continued push to rid Austin of any memory of the Confederacy, the issue of renaming Jeff Davis Avenue will come before council members on Thursday.  While it's never been fully clear if the street name actually has a tie to the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis was the former Confederate president from 1861-1865.

Last year, the council began looking at street names, monuments, and other symbols of the Confederacy and crafted a plan to have them removed.  Council member Leslie Pool has recommended renaming Jeff Davis Avenue after former slave Will Holland, who later went on to serve on the Travis County Commissioners Court and in the Texas House of Representatives.

The agenda item is expected to pass with near-unanimous support.

If it does pass, the process will begin of informing the people who live on the street of the name change.  Along with that, council will also have to coordinate with police, fire, EMS, and even the United States Post Office.

Robert E. Lee Road is expected to see the same changes in the coming months.

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