LSU renames campus street named after Confederate officer

BATON ROUGE, LA. - Louisiana State University announced plans Monday to change several street names on campus, including giving a new name to a street named after a Confederate officer.

The university announced 28 new changes to campus streets as part of LSU’s “comprehensive and strategic master plan.” LSU will be adding physical addresses to campus buildings as part of the modernization plan.

One of the changes is renaming Raphael Semmes Road to Veterans Drive. The road passes in front of LSU’s Student Union and along the library and parade grounds.

According to the Advocate, Semmes was born in Maryland and commanded the CSS Alabama which raided U.S. commerce ships during the Civil War. He later taught at the university for three years before moving.

“During the review process, research was conducted on those who have campus roadways named for them and their contribution to the university,” a statement from LSU said. “The majority had little to no significant connection to LSU and were named without a formal process.”

The university says it scheduled the changing of street signs for after the LSU football season.

Read more on the Advocate.com

Here is the full list of road changes at LSU:

Original Name

Proposed Name

AgCenter Drive

AgCenter Lane

Unnamed

Athletic Service Lane

Unnamed

Campus Lake Lane

Isaac Cline Drive

Cubs Circle

Ceba Lane

Engineering Lane

Unnamed

Evangeline Circle

Etienne de Bore

Field House Drive

West/East Fraternity Lane

Fraternity Lane

Infirmary Road

Infirmary Lane

Unnamed

LADDL Lane

Unnamed

Landscape Services Lane

Unnamed

Law Circle

Unnamed

Live Oaks Lane

Unnamed

Parade Ground Circle

Unnamed

Parker Coliseum Lane

Dorothy Dix Drive

Parking Lot

Mike Donahue Drive

Parking Lot

Minnie Fisk Drive

Parking Lot

Unnamed

Soccer Lane

Nicholson Drive Extension

South Quad Drive

Governor Claiborne Drive

Spruce Lane

Unnamed

Tiger Park Lane

Unnamed

Touchdown Village Lane

Unnamed

Vet School Lane

Unnamed

Vet Lane

Raphael Semmes Road

Veterans Drive

Unnamed

Warehouse Lane

Unnamed (South of South Stadium Drive)

West Stadium Drive

 

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