Robert E. Lee Road to be renamed

City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to change the name of Robert E. Lee Road to Buffalo Soldier Road in honor of the four regiments of African-American soldiers who served on the frontier after the end of the Civil War. The road, named for the Confederate general, connects Montana and Gateway West in East Central El Paso. State Board of Education Representative Georgina Cecilia Perez donated $1,500 to help pay for the signage and name-change application fee, which is $2,086. Before workers can install the new Buffalo Soldier Road signs, the name change has to be reviewed by the city’s Development Coordinating Committee, approved by the City Plan Commission and then go back to City Council for final approval. The Buffalo Soldiers included former slaves, freemen and Black Civil War soldiers and were the first Black professional soldiers to serve during peacetime, according to the Buffalo Soldier Museum in Houston.

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