NEW ORLEANS – During Thursday’s regular meeting, the New Orleans City Council voted on the final ordinance to rename Jefferson Davis Parkway to Norman C. Francis Parkway.
With a unanimous vote, the renaming was approved.
The new name will go into effect on January 1, 2021.
“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 earlier month’s meeting.