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Old Slave Road in Wildwood will keep its controversial name, at least for now.
After hearing comments from more than a dozen residents and other interested parties Monday night, the Wildwood City Council failed to draft a resolution to change the road's name. Several residents who live along the road had pushed to rename it Elijah Madison Lane, after an escaped slave and Civil War veteran.
Aside from a handful of homes, Old Slave Road also leads to the Old Slave Cemetery, where more than 60 slaves are buried.
The results are in and voters have named the St. Louis Zoo's newest edition.
Nearly 54-thousand votes were submitted for the zoo’s “Name the Baby Elephant” poll and the name Priya emerged the winner with 15,777 – or 29.4 percent – of the votes. Runner-up was Willow followed by Violet, Cai and Harper.
Priya weighed in at 251 pounds when she was born at the zoo on April 26. She’s the third daughter for Ellie, and the fourth daughter for 20-year-old Raja.
Raja was the first elephant ever born at the St. Louis Zoo.
The zoo’s elephant care team initially selected five female names—Priya, Cai, Harper, Violet and Willow - and asked the public to vote for their favorites on the zoo’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts or through ballots submitted on site.
Runner-up Willow received 13,311 votes and Violet received 12,508 votes. Cai came in fourth with 7,006 votes and Harper 5,084.
Priya has yet to make her debut to the public.
For now Old Slave Road,a private street in Wildwood, will retain its name.
The Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis reports a city council committee is recommending that the town keep Old Slave Road as the name of a private street. The city council has the final say.
Wildwood’s Administration/Public Works Committee voted 6-1 last week to keep the name.
One resident, Karen Fox, who lives on Old Slave Road, filed paperwork in October to change the name to Elijah Madison Lane.
Some have said the Old Slave Road name honors the area’s history and the black families who lived there descendants of slaves who came to the area from Virginia in 1837. Others find the name offensive.