Hampton Council compromises on bridge name, still upsets many

Posted at 10:05 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 23:19:00-04

Hampton - Unhappy residents made their way to the Hampton City Council meeting on Wednesday to protest the name change of the bridge connecting the city to Fort Monroe.

City Council voted the name the bridge after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. earlier this month. Residents who didn't agree with the name change created a petition to have council name the bridge after someone more local than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

At Wednesday's meeting the council acknowledged resident's concerns and proposed a new name change to make everyone happy. They voted to rename the bridge The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge in Honor of Frank Baker, Shepard Mallory and James Townson. The three were runaway slaves who escaped their owners and made their way to a Union Camp.

Some residents saw the compromise as a good thing, but to many they were still upset with the name.

"Fort Monroe having such a rich military history, feel like it's kinda of a dishonor not to honor something individually from the history of ft Monroe," said one Hampton resident.

Others expressed their disappointment with Hampton City Council catering to residents who disliked the name council voted on this month.