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File #: ORD. 2021-167    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 intersection of Chamberlayne Parkway and Jackson Street in honor of the late William Washington Browne. (2nd District)
Patrons: City Council
Attachments: 1. Ord. No. 2021-167
Title
To designate the intersection of Chamberlayne Parkway and Jackson Street in honor of the late William Washington Browne. (2nd District)
Body
WHEREAS, upon information and belief of Council, William Washington Browne, known as W.W. Browne, was born enslaved on October 20, 1849, in Habersham County, Georgia; and
WHEREAS, upon information and belief of Council, W. W. Browne escaped slavery during the American Civil War, served in the Union Army, and later became known as a temperance leader and opponent of the Ku Klux Klan; and
WHEREAS, upon information and belief of Council, after being denied admission into the Independent Order of Good Templars, W. W. Browne chartered the Grand United Order of True Reformers, which led to his relocation to the city of Richmond in 1880; and
WHEREAS, upon information and belief of Council, under W. W. Browne's leadership, the Grand United Order of True Reformers shifted its focus from being a temperance society to being an insurance company, which supported other enterprises, including a newspaper called The Reformer, and the Savings Bank of the Grand Fountain United Order of the True Reformers, which has been recognized as the nation's first Black-owned and operated bank; and
WHEREAS, upon information and belief of Council, W. W. Browne died on December 21, 1897, and is buried at Woodland Cemetery in the city of Richmond; and
WHEREAS, the City desires to memorialize W. W. Brown's accomplishments and service to the community by designating the intersection of Chamberlayne Parkway and Jackson Street in his honor as "W. W. Browne Terrace;" 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:
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