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There Are Still No U.S. Airports Named After Women of Color


There Are Still No U.S. Airports Named After Women of Color
Jessica Puckett
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For the first time in its 92-year history, New York’s Rochester International Airport has changed its name. The airport will now be known as the Frederick Douglass International airport, following a grassroots effort to pay homage to the man who was born into slavery and escaped to become a revered scholar, abolitionist, and statesman. Douglass spent 25 years in the city and is buried there.
The new name is largely symbolic, but “symbols are very important,” local activist Richard Glaser told
Rochester First when asked why he started the name-change petition. And while the honor is no doubt long overdue, it highlights a wider issue: the majority of airports across the U.S. are still primarily named for white men.