The Riviera Beach city council voted in August to rename Old Dixie Highway, a longstanding name commemorative of the Southern states that seceded during the Civil War. The vote came after 9 were killed last June at a predominantly black church in Charleston, SC, igniting a national conversation about statues and monuments that memorialize the Confederacy.
Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters hailed the council’s decision to rename Old Dixie Highway, which was “symbolic of racism, symbolic of the Klan, symbolic of cross burnings.”
Now, Barack Obama Highway runs through the florida city, at one point intersecting Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Highway. “Today we are stepping up to a new day, a new era, and replacing Old Dixie with Barack Obama, who represents change,” Masters said.