WILDWOOD, MO (KMOX) – The Wildwood City Council will not change the name of Old Slave Road, despite a petition by those who live there.
Those residents asked it be changed to Elijah Madison Lane after a slave who lived on the land the street runs through but the Council ruled Monday night that there is nothing wrong with the name. Rev. Harvey Fields Jr, a pastor in Wildwood, agrees.
“If you begin to now remove name places, events, et cetera, you begin to lose some of the important aspects of history,” he said. “People don’t know what has happened in the past and people don’t understand what progress has been made.”
The Wildwood Historic Preservation Commission decided in February that both Old Slave Cemetery Road and Freedmen Road “recognize the history of the area” while clearly identifying the major role former slaves had in the area’s growth before and after the Civil War.
Wildwood’s Administration/Public Works Committee voted 6-1 last month to keep the name Old Slave Road.
Developers named the road in 1979. It runs near Old Slave Cemetery where more than 60 former slaves are buried there.