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Fight to rename the streets of Abilene after historic rulers were pushed back by the community

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An Abilene nonprofit, Let Us Breathe, attempted to have the names of two streets changed to honor two key black historical figures in the city. However, the request was refused by the planning and zoning board – not because they do not want to honor these people, but because of the problems that could arise.

Let Us Breathe requested that the name of North 9e The street between Ash Street and Plum Street be permanently changed to Allie Ward Drive, and Ash Street between North 9e North Street 8e The street be permanently changed to Raymond Hayden Drive.

“We want to honor and preserve historic black scouts throughout the community,” the organization told KTAB/KRBC in a statement.

Allie Ward was the first black teacher employed by Abilene ISD and Raymond Hayden was the first black coach at Woodson.

Dr. AC Jackson represented this request and explained why the nonprofit wanted to make this change.

“The driving force is that I think road signs should now be used as landmarks on the ground,” Jackson explained.

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