A Florida town has renamed its Old Dixie Highway and will now call the road President Barack Obama Highway.
The city of Riviera Beach swapped out the old highway signs for new ones with the president’s name at a ceremony Thursday after city officials voted to do away with the old name that referenced the slave-holding South, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
It is the second road in Palm Beach County to be named in honor of the 44th president, county officials said. Two years ago, East First Street in Pakokee was renamed Barack Obama Boulevard.
“We are stepping up to a new day, a new era, and replacing Old Dixie with Barack Obama, who represents change,” Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters told local reporters.
Mr. Masters, who represents a city that is 66 percent black, pushed the effort to rename the road to honor the first black president.
The renamed highway at one intersection crosses with another road named for Martin Luther King Jr…