Posted on July 21, 2021

Lee Highway in Arlington County Renamed Langston Boulevard

Sophia Barnes, NBC Washington, July 17, 2021

Route 29 in Arlington County has been officially renamed Langston Boulevard after the county board voted to drop a confederate general’s name.

The road’s new name honors John M. Langston, the first Black person elected to Congress from Virginia, officials say.


Arlington County officials say the name change will better reflect community values.


Lee Highway was named in 1922 after confederate general Robert E. Lee, according to the Lee Highway Alliance.

The cost to rename the road is estimated at $300,000.