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.