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John Henry wants the Red Sox to ‘lead the effort’ to rename Yawkey Way

Yawkey Way is closed to traffic on Red Sox game days. –Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

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For 40 years, Red Sox fans have flooded into Fenway Park over Yawkey Way, a stretch of Jersey Street that was renamed in 1977 for the late Sox owner Tom Yawkey, a year after his death.

Now, with the nation embroiled in a contentious reckoning over what to do about past honors bestowed on those who promoted racial injustice, the team’s principal owner said he wants to change the name of the street honoring an owner with a racist past.

“The Red Sox don’t control the naming or renaming of streets,” John Henry told The Boston Herald in an e-mail interview published Thursday. “But for me, personally, the street name has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can — particularly in our African-American community and in the Dominican community that has embraced us so fully.

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