Capitalizing on the anti-Confederacy fever sweeping the nation, pressure is building in Northern Virginia for the state to rename Jefferson Davis Highway.
More than 3,000 people so far have signed petitions calling for Virginia to remove the Confederate leader's name from the state highway, NBC 4 reported. Jefferson Davis Highway is the part of U.S. 1 that runs from the Potomac River through Virginia to the North Carolina border.
One of the petitions was started on Change.org by Vienna, Virginia, lawyer Daniel Zim who called the road's name "outrageous."
"Davis was an unrepentant white supremacist who fervently believed the Southern cause, slavery and segregation were right and just," Zim wrote.
The petition has garnered more than 2,600 signatures.
Real estate agent Diane Duston, of Arlington, started a separate petition with more than 500 signatures calling for the state to change the highway name, NBC 4 reported.
"One hundred and fifty years of mollifying supporters of the Confederacy is enough," Duston said. "We're through with what the Confederacy stood for."
Virginia's legislature voted to rename highways in Davis' honor in 1922 at the behest of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Washington Post reported.
The Arlington County Board told NBC 4 that it plans to ask its legislative delegation to sponsor a bill at the state level to change the name.