Street honoring Confederate icon renamed for HBCU president

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FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2008, file photo, Xavier President Norman Francis poses for a photograph at the the university in New Orleans, La. The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously Thursday, Aug. 2020, to change the name of Jefferson Davis Parkway to Norman C. Francis Parkway in January. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A street in New Orleans named for the former president of the Confederacy will be renamed to honor the longtime leader of a historically Black university.

New Orleans’ City Council voted Thursday to rename Jefferson Davis Parkway. It will be renamed for Norman C. Francis.

Francis was the first Black graduate of the Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law. He also served as president of Xavier University of Louisiana from 1968 until 2015.

The vote to rename the street for the 89-year-old Francis was unanimous. Council members also made clear they will be looking at other streets and memorials that honor Confederates.

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