Region 8 Group Wants Street Named To Honor MLK, Jr.


Ray Scales has a dream.

"We've gotten a lot of people who want to stand out like the communities around us," said Scales, who wants to see Washington Ave. in downtown Jonesboro changed ... to bare the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Currently, the theme throughout downtown is presidential in nature.

You've got Washington, Monroe, Madison and Jefferson streets ... all named after past presidents.

But it's King, Jr., Scales says, who's the real inspiration behind the idea of putting Jonesboro on the MLK map.

"It inspires us. No matter what race, it brings the community together for some reason."

When some people think of Washington Avenue, they think of the downtown portion, but the street actually extends to the Highway 63 overpass.

That, Glen Conley says, is important because from what he's learned, the area used to be predominately African-American.

"I was told that before my time there were quite a few businesses owned by blacks," said Conley. "Of course those have been torn down now, so I think that would be a great spot for it."

But will city leaders give the idea the green light?

Jonesboro Public Works Director Eric Woodruff says the same group tried to submit a proposal a couple of years ago.

"I'm not sure if they followed the proper procedures then," said Woodruff. "We'll make sure the policies and procedures are given to them as far as how they present it and what the committee's recommendation is."

If the proposal is approved for the agenda, it will be submitted to the Jonesboro Public Works Committee Tuesday, June 3rd at 5:15 p.m. at the Huntington Building.

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