Richmond City Hall may soon have a new name. Councilwoman Reva Trammell is pushing to name it after former Richmond Mayor and Governor L. Douglas Wilder.
“It’s about time, that someone recognizes L. Douglas Wilder at city hall,” said Trammell.
Trammell has filed an ordinance to name city hall after him.
“He’s a son of Virginia,” said Trammell.
In 1989, the Richmond native became the first African American to be elected governor. He served in the state senate for almost two decades before becoming Lieutenant Governor. Most recently, he served as mayor of Richmond from 2005-2009.
“He’s meant so much not only to Richmond, but also the state of Virginia,” she said.
Trammell says for years, she’s been thinking of ways to honor wilder, and believes city hall is the perfect place.
“He was for the people, I mean, crime was down. He was working on the schools, he was there for the employees. Everyday when I would walk in here everyone would say, ‘We love that man.’ he’s been good to know.”
Trammell expects city council will approve the ordinance. She hopes to get those final votes in February, in time for black history month.
“I want the signs all around the building, maybe four per say, and I want them in Spanish and in English,” said Trammell.