Richmond City Council votes to rename Boulevard after Arthur Ashe

RICHMOND, VA (TERESAREPORTS) – Richmond City Council voted eight-to-one to rename ‘Boulevard’ to ‘Arthur Ashe Boulevard’ at its meeting on Monday.

Mayor Levar Stoney tweeted “Arthur Ashe Boulevard” following the vote.

Ashe currently has a statue on Monument Avenue.

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According to the Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association, Councilwoman Kim Gray presented the idea for the name change at an Aug. 2018 meeting.

“Our board later voted to unanimously support the plan after hearing overwhelmingly positive feedback from our neighborhood,” the Association said in a social media post. “Congratulations to all on a job well done as we honor a legendary Richmonder who means so much to us all.”

Ashe is a three-time Grand Slam winner and the first and only African American man to win the singles title at the U S Open, Wimbledon, and the Australian Open.

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