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Wildwood Residents Petitioning To Change Old Slave Road Name

WILDWOOD, MO (KTVI)– Old Slave Road, the road named by developers in 1979, is home to several 19th century plantations.

Last October homeowners petitioned the city of Wildwood to change the name because the historical significance of the area and some say it’s downright offensive.

FOX 2 was also told other home owners have no problem with the name, which has caused a problem with getting it changed.

FOX 2 tried to reach out to neighbors and city officials who declined to go on camera. However, one homeowner says the name makes the area unwelcoming to African-Americans and it’s not the best way to represent the area.

The land also has a burial site with unknown slaves. Some want to rename it after Elijah Madison, a former slave who enlisted with a black infantry in 1864 and moved to the area to live out the rest of his days.

Now it’s up to the Wildwood City Council to make the final decision. However, that won’t happen until the Wildwood Historic Preservation Commission makes their final determination and recommendations based on the areas historic background and significance.

A meeting is set for this Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm at Wildwood City Hall.