Selma votes to rename Jeff Davis street

The Associated Press • January 14, 2009

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The Selma City Council has voted to change Jeff Davis Avenue to J.L. Chestnut Jr. Boulevard in honor of the late civil rights attorney.

The council voted 6-3 on Tuesday to rename the street currently named after Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Chestnut, the city’s first black lawyer, defended prominent figures in the civil rights movement. He died Sept. 30 at the age of 77.

The street renamed in honor of Chestnut runs for about two miles.

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