Road Renamed For Allen

April 20, 1992

A highway near Annapolis will be renamed Dr. Aris T. Allen Boulevardin honor of the late civil rights trailblazer.

Patuxent Boulevard, a link between U.S. 50 and Forest Drive in Annapolis, will be formally renamed within the next several months in honor of Allen, said state transportation secretary O. James Lighthizer, who approved the change on Friday.

Allen, a physician, was the first black on the county's school board. He served 11 years in the General Assembly as a Republican delegate and senator, and was the first black chairman of the state Republican Party. In 1978 he ran for lieutenant governor.

Allen died last February at age 80 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being diagnosed as having cancer.

Lighthizer, who said a committee including ministers from the Annapolis area came up with the idea to rename the highway, said the honor was fitting.

"I had firsthand knowledge of the tremendous contribution he made, particularly in the area of race relations," said Lighthizer, a former county executive who also served in the General Assembly with Allen. "He really made a difference."

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