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Renaming a street to carry out a legacy

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The flowers, the chalked messages, and candles may have faded on Fourth Street in Charlottesville, but the memories of what happened here on August 12 are still very fresh for Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Heather was hit and killed during the protests in Charlottesville. 

Susan says, "Even the thought of going down there now is very challenging. I didn't even go to the site until about a week after she passed away, and that was difficult."

On Monday, Charlottesville City Council unanimously passed a resolution to designate Fourth Street as Heather Heyer Way.

"She just made a sacrifice that means a lot to people from all around the world, so I thought that this could be a small gesture that could mark the spot perhaps," said Susan. 

Bro is the one who requested the sign be added from city council instead of a park or statue in Heyer's memory.

Bro now spends her days working on the Heather Heyer foundation but says she hopes the sign ignites a larger conversation. She also says, "That's what Heather was often all about was trying to have those difficult conversations with people to explain themselves, to explain their actions, and so maybe that memorial will help keep that spark alive. That's really all I could ask for her legacy."

 "The ultimate legacy for me is internal changes in people and how that movement has taken off around the world," said Bro. 

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