Highway in Orange County sheds Jefferson Davis name, but marker remains

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Orange County has repealed a 1959 resolution that named portion of U.S. Highway 15 to honor Confederate President Jefferson Davis, but for now, the marker will remain.

The Orange County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to repeal the resolution designating the local stretch of U.S. 15 as part of the Jefferson Davis National Highway.

Board Chairman Mark Dorosin said the county wanted to “formally correct the historical record.” County Attorney John Roberts said the initial resolution never had any legal effect, as there is no federally recognized Jefferson Davis Highway.

But the fate of a stone pillar topped with a bronze plaque honoring Davis remains unsettled. The county doesn‘t have the authority to take it down.

Dorosin said the county plans to petition the state to learn who owns it.