Old Slave Road May Disappear from Missouri Maps
ST. LOUIS - Old Slave Road in suburban St. Louis could be getting a new name.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Historic Preservation Commission in Wildwood is considering whether to recommend a name change.
Residents who live along the road complain that the name tends to offend people. Opponents say residents are trying to sanitize history.
Spanning just six-tenths of a mile, the private street used to be the main road to a planation home and runs past a historic slave cemetery.
Historic Preservation Commission chairman Lynne Martin says the current name dates only from about 1979, when a developer platted the subdivision along the road.
Most of the property owners are recommending renaming it Elijah Madison Lane to recognize a former slave who fought in the Civil War.