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Name Of Yawkey Way Outside Fenway Park Changed Over Racist Past

April 26, 2018 - 1:08 pm

BOSTON (1010 WINS/AP) -- Boston has approved a plan to change the name of Yawkey Way, the street outside Fenway Park named in honor of a former Red Sox owner some have said was racist.
The city's Public Improvement Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a proposal by current Red Sox ownership to call the stretch of roadway Jersey Street.
That's what it was called before it was changed in 1977 to honor Tom Yawkey a year after he died.
The team filed a petition with the commission in February to change the name as part of a mission to "reinforce that Fenway Park is inclusive and welcoming to all.''
Yawkey's supporters opposed the change, saying the foundation named for him has provided millions of dollars in charitable contributions that have benefited all city residents.