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After Kansas City Council resolution, Troost Avenue is a step closer to becoming Truth Avenue

A yellow brick wall on the outside of a building reads in white letters "Truth is Freedom."
Carlos Moreno
A mural on the south side of Ruby Jean's Juicery, owned by Chris Goode on on June 12, 2023.

Last year, Ruby Jean's Juicery owner Chris Goode began his push to change Troost Avenue, named after a slaveholder, to Truth Avenue. Now, the Kansas City Council is taking steps toward making the name change a reality.

Troost Avenue, which was named after a slaveholding physician by the name of Benoist Troost, could be on its way to a new name: Truth Avenue.

Chris Goode, the owner of Ruby Jean's Juicery on Troost, set out last year to change the namesake of the avenue on which his business is located. Last week, the Kansas City Council unanimously advanced a resolution to direct City Manager Brian Platt to gather input from stakeholders regarding a name change.

Goode joined KCUR's Up To Date along with 3rd District City Councilwoman Melissa Robinson to discuss why they want the name changed and what steps need to be completed to make it happen.

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