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New Orleans council votes to rename Jefferson Davis Parkway for former Xavier University president

Posted at 1:12 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 14:13:59-04

The New Orleans City Council on Thursday voted to rename Jefferson Davis Parkway.

According to, the council voted on renaming the roadway for African-American educator and former president of Xavier University Norman C Francis.

Francis is a native of Lafayette.

The unanimous vote also lays the foundation for renaming other streets and landmarks, reports. Council members have been overwhelmingly supportive of the change, pushing for a quick passage so that Francis, 89, can be honored while he is alive.

The actual renaming of the street will occur in January 2021.

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