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The Board of Supervisors recently renamed the Chatham South Bridge after the late Clyde L. Banks, Jr. Chairman Warren expresses why that was an important decision and why that particular bridge location was chosen.
It was a great joy to join my colleagues today in honoring a great Civil Rights leader of Pittsylvania County. With the formal renaming of the Chatham South Bridge as the Clyde L. Banks, Sr. Memorial Bridge, we are pleased that Mr. Banks and his legacy will be permanently honored in a high visibility area. I believe that naming this particular bridge - which is the only entrance from the South of Chatham and a main thoroughfare for many - after the late Mr. Banks was the best way to honor the memory of Mr. Banks and permanently memorialize the long-lasting impact he made on this community.
The commitment that Mr. Banks demonstrated to our community and to equality for all did not deserve to be honored half-heartedly or in a low-traffic area, which is why this Board of Supervisors elected to rename this particular bridge in his honor. I applaud my colleagues on the Board on their vote to permanently rename this bridge after such an influential, consequential man in Mr. Banks.