Posted on December 22, 2022

Fairfax to Change Over a Dozen Street Names Linked to Confederacy

Melissa Howell, WTOP, December 16, 2022

After months of discussions, Fairfax, Virginia, has chosen new names for some streets tied to the city’s Confederate past.

The Fairfax City Council has approved new names for 14 streets, which will take effect Jan. 1.

Some of the streets that will see changes were named for Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Nine of the streets are located in the Mosby Woods neighborhood, and are connected to confederate soldier Col. John Singleton Mosby.

U.S. Route 29/Lee Highway will be split into three different names, including Fairfax Boulevard, Main Street and Blenheim Boulevard. Confederate Lane will now be Continental Lane, and Plantation Parkway will become Fair Woods Parkway.

Some council members were not in support of the changes, saying there wasn’t enough community input. {snip}

The new names are part of a city initiative, Connecting Fairfax City for All. {snip}