Huntsville City Council to Discuss Church Street Renaming Proposal

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville City Council will hold a hearing on a proposal that would rename Church Street.

City Councilman Richard Showers said he wants to rename Church Street after Huntsville-born civil rights activist Dr. Joseph Lowery.

Lowery was born in Huntsville in 1921 and grew up on Church Street, directly across from where the WHNT News 19’s studio now sits.  A Cumberland Presbyterian church annex occupies the property today.

The council will discuss the matter at 6:00 p.m. Thursday.  Showers held a town hall meeting in October for the public to weigh in on the proposal.

Church Street starts downtown and goes north to Oakwood Avenue, a distance of nearly two miles.

Our news partner The Huntsville Times/Al.com reports city plans to replace the portion of Church Street between Pratt and Oakwood avenues with a new $5 million, five-lane road.  It will roughly follow Orchard Street and Hundley Drive.  The existing stretch of Church Street would remain — perhaps with a different name.

Showers said he would like to rename the entire length of Church Street — from Williams Avenue to Oakwood Avenue — Dr. Joseph Lowery Boulevard.

4 comments

  • Rick

    It seems everytime a street needs to be named a civil rights advoctes name is sponsered, why not name it after men who built this town or made it a success instead.

  • Sandy

    Rev Joseph Lowery laid down his life so that every American would have equal rights. Lowery was born in Huntsville, Alabama and Church Street is where Lowery’s childhood home was located. To date, he is the ONLY Huntsvillian to have received the highest civilian award in this country, ‘The Presidential Medal of Freedom.’

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