WUSA9: Virginia post office to consider name change


Newly introduced legislation could mean a name change for a post office in Virginia.

Rep. Abigail Spanberger announced a bill on Thursday that would rename a Fredericksburg post office after Gladys P. Todd, a prominent leader in the Fredericksburg civil rights movement. 

“This Black History Month, I am honored to introduce legislation to rename the College Station Post Office after the remarkable Gladys P. Todd. Throughout her entire life, Mrs. Todd fought to make life better for Black youth in Fredericksburg — and her tireless work and advocacy undoubtedly moved our Commonwealth forward,” said Spanberger. “Her contributions to the local civil rights movement and her unwavering commitment to justice make Mrs. Todd an inspiration to us all and naming a post office after her is a small way to honor the incredible woman she was. I look forward to moving our bill through Congress and making sure her story is remembered for generations to come.”

Todd was a school teacher and community organizer who played a big role in the city’s civil rights movement, particularly in advancing causes related to Black youth and teens.

From establishing playgrounds for Black kids to building inclusive spaces like the “Youth Canteen,” a community center for Black teens, officials say Todd was dedicated to making Fredericksburg a better, more inclusive place for future generations. She was also known as a voting rights advocate and is often recognized for her work in helping get Fredericksburg’s first Black mayor elected.

The suggested bill would rename the College Station Post Office to the “Gladys P. Todd Post Office.” It is cosponsored by U.S. Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11), Jennifer McClellan (D-VA-04), Bobby Scott (D-VA-03), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10).

“Gladys Todd was a champion for justice for all marginalized people,” said Gaye Todd Adegbalola, Todd’s daughter, and Juno L. Pitchford, Todd’s grandson. “She fought tirelessly for civil rights for Black people in and around the Fredericksburg area. Her family humbly accepts this tribute to her legacy.”

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