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Dino Drudi (left), of Alexandria, and Sam Smith, a Civil War historian from D.C., stand in front of a painting of Gen. Robert E. Lee at the City Council Chamber in Alexandria, Va. The two men testified during a recent public hearing to discuss whether to stop naming new city streets after historic American people and places, and Confederate figures such as Lee.

Dino Drudi (left), of Alexandria, and Sam Smith, a Civil War historian from D.C., stand in front of a painting of Gen. Robert E. Lee at the City Council Chamber in Alexandria, Va. The two men testified during a recent public hearing to discuss whether to stop naming new city streets after historic American people and places, and Confederate figures such as Lee.

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Alexandria Ends Street-Naming Requirement

Civil War and American history buffs may have felt a twinge of sadness on Saturday, Jan. 25, when the Alexandria, Va., City Council voted to end a decades-long street-naming practice outlined in its more than half century-old City Code.

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Alexandria May Stop Naming Streets after Confederates

The Alexandria City Council is considering eliminating a section of the city code requiring all new north-south roads to be named for Confederate military leaders.