New street signs installed on Murfreesboro's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Oct 14, 2021 at 07:00 am by Voice Wire

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Street Signs renaming Mercury Boulevard in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. are now installed. The renaming became official today, October 13, 2021. 

The Planning Commission voted May 19, 2021, to rename Mercury Boulevard to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to recognize Dr. King’s contributions to racial equity and to reflect the City’s commitment to diversity.

City of Murfreesboro administrators and elected officers gathered Sept. 18 at Patterson Park Community Center to celebrate the unveiling of the new street signage for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

As part of the renaming, a small 600-foot segment of Mercury Boulevard east of South Rutherford Boulevard was renamed to John Bragg Highway to be consistent with current E911 street naming protocol. This change came after the Planning Department consulted with various emergency service providers.

City Councilman Kirt Wade advocated the change to honor the Civil Rights’ leader in Murfreesboro. Council referred the renaming to the Planning Commission, which is authorized to consider and approve street naming changes.

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Let's prove how truly diverse our community is!! Let's rename Kirt Wade's street, West Vine Street, for President Ronald Reagan!!! (This street name change from Mercury Boulevard to Dr. MLK, Jr. Boulevard will shatter an already fragile neighborhood! Many of the businesses and communities have 'Mercury' as part of their name! Kroger is gone! Pizza Hut is gone! Look for more reputable businesses to close or move out, and more liquor stores, pawn shops and low-rent slop shops to open in this neighborhood!! As fast as Murfreesboro is growing, couldn't the Planning Commission named a NEW street MLK, Jr. Blvd to avoid this disruption and give a higher, brighter honor to the slain civil rights leader??) PROPERTY OWNERS!! SELL AND RUN! RUN WHILE YOU CAN!!
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