Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn is hosting a panel discussion and town hall on Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. to provide information on the countywide inventory and report on Confederate street names, monuments and public places and to discuss possible next steps.
The meeting will be hosted on the Webex platform. Use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. If you prefer to listen to the meeting on your phone, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use access code: 129 974 5772. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. Watch a live stream of the meeting on YouTube Live.
“I am looking forward to a thoughtful discussion that ensures that we move forward in a way that makes all residents in every community in our county feel welcome and respected,” said Supervisor Alcorn. “Our area has both a rich and complicated history before, during, and after the Civil War, and our views of that history are often shaped by our personal histories and identities. It is important for Hunter Mill residents to have opportunities to hear from and learn from each other as Fairfax County explores changing how we identify Confederate-named public streets and other places.”
In December 2020, the Fairfax County History Commission completed a report in response to a June 23, 2020 directive from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors initiated by Supervisor Alcorn and Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik, which included the legal and financial implications of possible name changes, and input from other county entities. The scope of the report was refined after History Commission representatives met with Supervisors Alcorn and Palchik to clarify what should be included in the inventory
The resulting report excludes federal property, public schools, places of worship, and cemeteries. Out of the approximately 26,500 assets the History Commission examined, approximately 157 assets, including parks, within the County, were confirmed as having Confederate associated names.