Following a unanimous vote by the Miami-Dade commissioners on Wednesday (February 19), Dixie Highway is renamed after activist and patriot Harriet Tubman.
The vote follows complaints from numerous black South Florida residents who believe that the name represents racism and slavery.
"Harriet Tubman is the opposite of what Dixie, Jim Crow and the human institution of slavery stood for," said Commissioner Dennis Moss, CBS.
Although many are excited about this change and honor the heroine who is responsible for helping free slaves through the subway, others are disappointed with the decision.
"But to replace the name South Dixie, East Dixie … just to turn around and replace it with another name that others find offensive, jump off the fire into the pan," said Mary Waters, a resident of the The community, who meanwhile spoke about their response to a public hearing, reports CBS.
Commissioner Joe Martinez said that most of his recent phone calls came from people who opposed the new name. Regardless, all 13 Miami Dade commissioners voted yes, which makes the vote both symbolic and rare.
Although the vote is progress, there is still a lot to do as parts of the Dixie Highway are state roads. Martinez hopes that the change can be made consistently and, according to the NBC, needs the help of Florida legislation.
"They don't want to go:" Hey, my address is 186 Dixie Highway, and then the next block, 187 Harriet Tubman, "says Martinez, NBC reports. "It just doesn't make sense".
Although this change is not yet official, the county is currently trying to petition the state to rename the entire highway.