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File #: ORD. 2021-172    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 200 block of East Clay Street in honor of the late Giles B. Jackson. (6th District)
Patrons: City Council
Attachments: 1. Ord. No. 2021-172

Title

To designate the 200 block of East Clay Street in honor of the late Giles B. Jackson. (6th District)

Body

WHEREAS, upon information and belief of Council, Giles B. Jackson was born enslaved on September 10, 1853, died on August 13, 1924, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in the city of Richmond; and

WHEREAS, upon information and belief of Council, Giles B. Jackson is known for many accomplishments and honors including being the first Black attorney licensed to practice law before the Virginia Supreme Court in 1897; being appointed as vice-president of the National Negro Business League by Booker T. Washington in 1900; being commissioned honorary colonel in the Third Civic Division, a Black cavalry unit, by Theodore Roosevelt; forming the Negro Development and Exposition Company of the United States of America, which organized the Negro Building at the Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition in 1907; publishing the Industrial History of the Negro Race of the United States; and being appointed as chief of the Negro Division of the United States Employment Service; and

WHEREAS, the City desires to memorialize Giles B. Jackson’s accomplishments by designating the 200 block of East Clay Street in his honor as “Giles B. Jackson Walk;” 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 200 block of East Clay Street shall be designated in honor of Giles B. Jackson as “Giles B. Jackson Walk,” pursuant to this ordinance.

§ 2.                     Effect of Designation.  The designation of the 200 block of East Clay 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 (i) shall be affixed to a sign pole installed at each end of the block designated in section 1 of this ordinance for the purpose of fulfilling the requirements of this section or to any existing 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 (ii) shall bear the name “Giles B. Jackson Walk,” as set forth in section 1 of this ordinance.

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