Butterfield Calls on NCDOT to Rename Segment of I-85 After John Hope Franklin

Jan 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today sent letters to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Durham County Commission Chairwoman Wendy Jacobs, and Durham Mayor William V. Bell in strong support of the proclamation to name a portion of Interstate 85 in honor of scholar Dr. John Hope Franklin.

The request was made by outgoing U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony R. Foxx, who signed the proclamation last week that seeks to name a portion of I-85 in Durham County the “John Hope Franklin Memorial Highway.”

“John Hope Franklin was a pillar in the Durham community and he remains a national treasure,” said Butterfield.  “As a celebrated scholar, Franklin touched the minds of many through his documentation of the African American experience in our country.  Renaming part of I-85 in his honor will ensure future generations have the opportunity to learn his legacy.  It is my hope that the NC Department of Transportation acts on this Proclamation without hesitation.”

The full text of the letter to Governor Cooper, Chairwoman Jacobs, and Mayor Bell can be viewed here.