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File #: ORD. 2021-166    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 6/15/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/28/2021 Final action: 6/28/2021
Title: To designate the first block at the intersection of West Charity Street and St. John Street in honor of the late Lucy Goode Brooks. (3rd District)
Patrons: City Council
Attachments: 1. Ord. No. 2021-166

Title

To designate the first block at the intersection of West Charity Street and St. John Street in honor of the late Lucy Goode Brooks. (3rd District)

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WHEREAS, upon information and belief of Council, Lucy Goode Brooks was born enslaved on September 13, 1818, in the city of Richmond area; and

WHEREAS, upon information and belief of Council, after the American Civil War, Lucy Goode Brooks worked to protect orphaned children and was a founder of the Friends' Asylum for Colored Orphans in 1871, which operated as an orphanage until 1932 when it became a child placement agency; and

WHEREAS, upon information and belief of Council, today the successor organization to the Friends’ Asylum for Colored Orphans operates as a child development center called Friends Association for Children; and

WHEREAS, upon information and belief of Council, Lucy Goode Brooks, an original member of First African Baptist Church, passed away on October 7, 1900, and is buried at Barton Heights Cemetery in the city of Richmond; and

WHEREAS, the City desires to memorialize Lucy Goode Brooks’ service to the children of the city by designating the first block at the intersection of West Charity Street and St. John Street in her honor as “Lucy Goode Brooks Square;” and

WHEREAS, because this designation is honorary only, the provisions of sections 8-7 through 8-10 of the Code of the City of Richmond (2020), as amended, do not apply to the designation made hereby or to any signs erected pursuant to this ordinance;

NOW, THEREFORE,

THE CITY OF RICHMOND HEREBY ORDAINS:

§ 1.                     Designation of Street Block for Honorary Name.  The first block at the intersection of West Charity Street and St. John Street shall be designated in honor of Lucy Goode Brooks as “Lucy Goode Brooks Square,” pursuant to this ordinance.

§ 2.                     Effect of Designation.  The designation of the intersection at the 00 block of East Charity Street made pursuant to this ordinance shall be honorary only, shall not replace the existing name of the road, and shall have no effect on the address of any property with an address on the designated road.  The sole effect of designation pursuant to this ordinance shall be to authorize the placement of commemorative signs in accordance with this ordinance memorializing the designation in honor of the named person.

§ 3.                     Administration of Ordinance.  The Department of Public Works shall implement this ordinance by installing, as soon as practicable after the adoption of this ordinance, and maintaining commemorative signs in accordance with this section.  The commemorative signs shall be clearly distinct from the street signs used to identify the road in question such that a reasonable person could not conclude that the commemorative signs reflect the actual name of the road.  The commemorative signs shall be affixed to any sign identifying the block designated in section 1 of this ordinance located at each end of the block designated in section 1 of this ordinance and shall bear the name “Lucy Goode Brooks Square,” set forth in section 1 of this ordinance.

§ 4.                     Effective Date.  This ordinance shall be in force and effect upon adoption.