Council mulls changing street named for Confederate general

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — The Hampton City Council is considering a resolution that would change a street named for a Confederate general to one named for Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

The city council's vote is scheduled for Wednesday, the Daily Press of Newport News reported. The resolution calls for renaming Magruder Boulevard to Neil Armstrong Parkway. The council had considered the name change last December.

Pubic Works Director Jason Mitchell said Hampton has been home to NASA Langley Research Center for more than a century and wanted to recognize the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Currently, the road is named for John Bankhead Magruder, who led troops against the U.S. in the Battle of the Peninsula. City officials have said renaming a section of the road for Armstrong is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Armstrong and the Apollo 11 lunar landing in July 1969.

Officials at NASA declined to comment until after the council votes.