Maharath Applauds Passage of Bill to Rename Highway After Late Franklin County Judge
February 12, 2020
Today, the Ohio legislature gave final approval to House Bill 276, which renames a number of highways and bridges in honor of public servants, law enforcement officials and fallen soldiers.
State Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) secured the inclusion of a provision renaming a local highway. In Franklin County, the eastbound lanes of I-70 between the intersections of I-70 and I-71 and I-70 and the James Road exit, will now be known as the “Judge Robert Duncan Memorial Highway.”
“It is my honor to ensure that the late Justice Duncan will be properly recognized for his many contributions to our community,” said Maharath. “Judge Duncan was a true trailblazer, breaking barriers to education and the practice of law so that others could follow. Although naming a road is a small token of our appreciation, I think it is very important for all of us to remember his incredible dedication to Central Ohio.”
Judge Duncan was the first African American elected to judicial office in Franklin County; the first appointed general counsel in the Ohio attorney general’s office; the first to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court; the first to win a seat in a statewide election; the first to serve on the U.S. Court of Military Appeals; and the first to be appointed a federal district judge in Ohio. Notably, he was the federal judge who ordered the desegregation of Columbus Public Schools.
House Bill 276 now goes to Governor DeWine for his anticipated signature.