Roanoke City Council proposes two new potential names for Lee Plaza; approves new gun buy-back program

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke City Council endorsed two new potential names for Lee Plaza during a meeting on Monday.

The city council voted on Monday, July 19 to name Lee Plaza as Henrietta Lacks Plaza, whereas the war memorial will be known as Freedom Plaza.

This comes after the City of Roanoke’s Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board released a survey to the public on the renaming of Lee Plaza back on March 4.

An official vote on the proposal of two new potential names is still needed before the renaming can be official.

Also at Monday’s meeting, city council voted to allow the city to take part in a gun buy-back program – in an effort to combat gun violence with a program they call, “Groceries, Not Guns.”

Those participating will also get gift cards in exchange for handing over guns to the police department which will, in turn, have those guns destroyed.

The buy-back program takes place on Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 401 Gainsboro Road in Roanoke.

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