Sep 15, 2022 - Politics

Richmond’s Lee Bridge renaming, take 2

a bridge with the city in the background
The Lee Bridge might be renamed. Again. Photo: Ned Oliver/Axios

Richmond City Council members are taking another shot at renaming the Robert E. Lee Bridge after their first attempt yielded no action.

What's happening: The council already voted to rename the bridge two years ago, but the Confederate general's name was never actually removed.

  • That's because the resolution tasked the mayor's History and Culture Commission with recommending a new name, City Councilwoman Stephanie Lynch tells Axios.
  • But that commission never held required public meetings, nor does it appear to have met since 2019, according to its website.

What's next: Lynch, who spearheaded the first renaming effort and is once again reviving it, tells Axios her new proposal eliminates the need for any commission meetings.

  • Instead, the resolution, which goes up for a vote later this month, picks a straightforward new name: Belvidere Bridge.
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