Missouri City City Council renames Confederate Drive as Prosperity Drive

The newly named Prosperity Drive is located in the Vicksburg subdivision, a neighborhood that contains a number of streets that bear names of Confederate generals. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
The newly named Prosperity Drive is located in the Vicksburg subdivision, a neighborhood that contains a number of streets that bear names of Confederate generals. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

The newly named Prosperity Drive is located in the Vicksburg subdivision, a neighborhood that contains a number of streets that bear names of Confederate generals. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Missouri City City Council gave final approval to an ordinance renaming Confederate Drive as Prosperity Drive during its June 21 meeting.

The item was included as part of the consent agenda and was not discussed by City Council.

The newly named Prosperity Drive is located in the Vicksburg subdivision, a neighborhood that contains a number of streets that bear names of Confederate generals, including Bedford Forrest Court, which shares a name with Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Council Member Jeffrey Boney said he, along with Council Member Lynn Clouser and several residents of the Vicksburg subdivision, attended a toast hosted by Prosperity Drive residents Rhonda and Darryl Gilbo to celebrate the street’s renaming.

“There was just a huge sense of excitement about that change and an appreciation from them about what council helped them do to help move their community forward progressively and in a positive direction,” Boney said. “I know this won’t be the last time that we hear from that community.”



Prosperity is bordered by Confederate Court and Confederate South Drive. Rhonda said she believes these bordering streets will follow suit and petition to change their street names as well.

Residents can submit an application that includes the signatures of 70% of property owners on the street to petition to change the name. City Council members can also submit a written request to change street names, city documents show.

City Council first considered the measure to rename Confederate Drive during its June 7 meeting.

By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Sugar Land/Missouri City

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.



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