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Tennessee capital renames part of downtown street for MLK

April 4, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s capital has renamed a portion of one of its downtown streets after Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

The Tennessean reports that the Nashville Metro Council voted unanimously Tuesday to rename part of Charlotte Avenue “Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Boulevard,” and Mayor David Briley signed the legislation Wednesday morning, a half-century after King was assassinated in another Tennessee city.

Supporters of the name change said Nashville was one of only a few major cities in the nation not to have a street named after King.

The change doesn’t take effect until Nov. 7, as the renamed portion includes government buildings, like the Tennessee State Capitol. The delay means outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam won’t have to change his letterhead.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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