A crowd of several thousand onlookers gathered at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture Saturday morning for the official unveiling of Arthur Ashe Boulevard. The celebration was the culmination of efforts that began last year to rename the Boulevard for the iconic Richmonder and world-renown tennis legend who broke barriers and supported area youth.
The ceremony featured speeches from Senator Tim Kaine, Congressman Donald McEachin, Mayor Levar Stoney, and a keynote from Georgia Congressman John Lewis. David Harris, Ashe’s nephew and one of the leaders of the movement to rename the Boulevard, also made remarks.
By the end of the weekend, Department of Public Works crews had completed the changeover of street signs designating the newly-named roadway; highway signage is currently in production, per VDOT.
The RTD has in-depth coverage.