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Lake Worth Beach Could Be Making Serious Push For County To Rename Dixie Highway

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Lannis Waters
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Palm Beach Post

The Lake Worth Beach city commission will consider a resolution Tuesday “urging” the Palm Beach County commission to rename Dixie Highway from the south county line in Boca Raton to Jupiter in the north.

The one exception would be Riviera Beach, which changed the roadway’s name to President Barack Obama Highway in 2015.

“The word “Dixie” is freighted with racist associations ranging from Southern slave owners and the Confederacy to the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacy more broadly,” according to the agenda item sponsored by Commissioner Omari Hardy. “Though it is of obscure origin, the word has served as a term of endearment for the “South” by the Confederacy and its supporters from at least 1861 to today.”

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