RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Richmond City Council has approved a proposal to rename a historic street after tennis champion Arthur Ashe Jr.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that on Monday the council backed an ordinance renaming Boulevard after Richmond native Ashe. He was the first black player selected to the U.S. Davis Cup team and the only black man to ever win the singles title at the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
Ashe was also a well-known philanthropist who promoted education and civil rights.
The vote came amid turmoil after Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring admitted wearing blackface in the 1980s.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- IRS launches a new way to estimate next year's tax refund
- At least 13 people arrested at Portland, Oregon, protest VIEW
- A $100,000 bribe got teen a UCLA soccer scholarship without even playing
- 'CBS Evening News' anchor Norah O'Donnell caught on hot mic during Plácido Domingo segment saying 'Sounds like somebody else here'
- In economic warning signals, Trump sees signs of a conspiracy
Ashe’s once-segregated hometown has an athletic center named after him and a sculpture of him. But proposals to rename a street for him have been defeated multiple times since Ashe’s 1993 death.