PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – On Wednesday morning, officials and community members gathered to officially rename and dedicate the Route 29 Business North Bridge in Blairs as the William H. Pritchett Memorial Bridge.
Pritchett was awarded the honor posthumously after becoming the first Black member of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors and the first representative for the Banister District which was formed in 1992.
The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution back in April to rename the bridge after Pritchet who represented the Banister District from 1992-2011. The District was the county’s first majority-minority district.
During his 20 years on the Board of Supervisors, Pritchett was involved in several different subcommittees, served on various community boards, and was a leader in the development of the West Piedmont Investment Board. During that time, Pritchett also served as vice-chairman a total of seven times as Chairman once.
“This Board of Supervisors is committed to honoring those who faithfully serve and benefit this community, and we believe that Mr. Pritchett, as the first African-American Supervisor and a man who gave so much during 20 years on the board, is worthy of this honor.Bob Warren, Chairman of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors
The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board, which has the authority to name state highways, bridges, interchanges, and other transportation facilities, approved the renaming of the bridge back in April.
Pritchett died in 2016.
A similar ceremony was held back in July for the dedication of the Clyde L. Banks Memorial Bridge, located on Route 29 North entering the Town of Chatham.
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