Texas Street Where Sandra Bland Was Arrested Is Renamed After Her

The Prairie View, Texas, City Council voted to rename University Boulevard—the road leading to the Prairie View A&M University campus—Sandra Bland Parkway.

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Sandra Bland moved back to Texas in July to take a job with her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University. On July 10 a traffic stop ended in Bland’s arrest, with jail officials claiming a few days later that she was found hanged in her Waller County cell.

On Tuesday evening, the Prairie View City Council voted to rename University Boulevard—the road that leads to Prairie View’s campus, and the same road on which Bland was stopped and arrested—Sandra Bland Parkway.

According to ABC 13, hundreds of Prairie View A&M alumni gathered with current students to march from the student-union building to the site where Bland was stopped. The march then ended at City Hall, where council members agreed to change the street name.

“If every time they pull over a student, they have to be reminded of what took place here, then that will help the relationship to be more respectful between the officers and the students,” protester Hannah Bonner told the news station.

Read more at ABC 13.

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