Heritage Defense Alert – May 28, 2004 – For Immediate Release

Heritage Attack On Historic Lee Highway in Virginia

Please contact the Fairfax City Council Members Listed At the End of the Article Today!
This news release is posted online at www.southerncaucus.org/leeheritageattack.htm

To All Concerned:

The roadway from Kamp Washington to Fairfax Circle in the City of Fairfax, Virginia is jointly designated as Lee Highway (US 29) and US 50. This stretch of roadway in Fairfax has always been known and marked as "Lee Highway." Last night, May 25, the Fairfax City Council voted unanimously to designate that stretch of US 50 as "Fairfax Boulevard" effective January 1, 2006. The clear intent is for the corridor between Kamp Washington and Fairfax Circle to be designated "Fairfax Boulevard."

The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia designated the entire length of of US 29, which runs from beyond Danville to Arlington, as "Lee Highway" on March 20, 1922. The Virginia Department of Transportation has informed us that, for their purposes, US 29 will remain Lee Highway throughout its length until the designation is changed by the General Assembly.

The intent of the City of Fairfax to "change" the name of Lee Highway was communicated only to the business owners along the Lee Highway corridor in Fairfax, and we determined in the short time of a few days that we were aware of the impending vote that many of these were not aware of the proposed change and many of those who were aware of it opposed it. If the city made attempts to publicize the proposed change to the general public, we are not aware of them.

Several members of Frank Stringfellow Camp #822 of Fairfax were present at the City Council meeting and spoke out against "changing" the name of Lee Highway. The highway itself is a monument to General Lee. In addition, it has been an important element of life in Fairfax for over 80 years. The city justifies the change as an essential part of a plan to improve the business environment of the city. This is questionable in itself but there is surely a way to work to that objective while maintaining the integrity of this very significant historical marker. The city’s action is a blatant slap in the face for all Vriginians, all Southerners, and all Americans who revere General Lee. It demonstrates a callous disregard for all the people of Virginia whose representatives designated the roadway as a monument to General Lee. At least half the people who attended the meeting of the City Council and who addressed the name "change" spoke against it (regarding the other half, please be aware that there are a lot of "non-Southerners," to be polite, in this area). It was clear that the "public hearing" was nothing but a farce and the Mayor and Council members had their minds already made up about how they were going to vote.

We hope that all who are concerned about this action will inform the mayor and council members whose contact information is given below. The Fairfax City Council has broken faith with all Virginians past and present and should be made aware of this. We hope that during the time before the resolution goes into effect the Mayor and City Council of Fairfax will come to understand the gravity of the action they have taken so cavalierly. We will be considering a range of options to assist them in their learning process. You can certainly help them toward this understanding by bringing it to their attention.

Thank you for your help and for your devotion to the memory of General Lee. Please forward this information to anyone you think might be interested in acting on it.

God Save the South!

Mike Goodloe
Commander, Frank Stringfellow Camp #822
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax City Council Contact Information:

Mayor Robert F. Lederer 703-591-8217
3511 Winston Place
Fairfax, VA 22030

Councilmember Joan W. Cross 703-278-8031
3856 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Councilmember Jeffrey C. Greenfield 703-385-7800
3584 Sharpes Meadow Lane
Fairfax, VA 22030

Councilmember Gail C. Lyon 703-385-7800
10408 Towlston Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Councilmember Gary J. Rasmussen 703-385-2991
3210 Armory Court
Fairfax, VA 22030

Councilmember R. Scott Silverthorne 703-691-0033
10404 Towlston Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Councilmember Patrice M. Winter 703-385-7800
3502 Old Post Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Link: http://www.georgiaheritagecoalition.org/site2/news/heritage-defense-alert052804.phtml