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.