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July 27, 2021 · OPINION

Perhaps we should change Fauquier County’s name

Francis Fauquier served as lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1758 until his death in 1768.
By Donald Blackwell
Warrenton

So, Lord Fairfax Community College will now be called Laurel Ridge.

Maybe it is time to change the name of our county to something else. Our county was named after Francis Fauquier, a known slaveowner over 250 years ago.

Obviously, the county's name must be changed.

Or, maybe we can accept the present name of our county and realize that not every name must be changed.

Someone will probably protest to change the name of Washington, D.C., to just D.C. Yeah, Washington did have slaves.

Guess what? We do not have slavery now. If all the names are changed, then expect another round of name changing 250 years from now.

There will always be another group that will petition for a name change.
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