It’s official in the town of Riviera Beach in Florida: President Barack Obama has risen above Dixie in the Old South.
Street signs that have read “Old Dixie Highway” for decades are slowly being replaced with “President Barack Obama Highway” signs that were voted on in August. At that time, Mayor Thomas Master said the term “Old Dixie” still “invokes memories of racism and slavery in the Old South.” Master asked his council members to “rise above any divisive thoughts about President Obama and get rid of the Old Dixie name.” And that they did in a vote 4-1.
With the signage change comes another historic moment for the town: the intersection of President Barack Obama Highway and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Palm Beach Post provided this picture: