Lewes City Council Holds Public Discussion on Renaming Street After MLK
LEWES, Del.- Lewes City Council members met with the community on Monday night to discuss the honorary name change or the complete renaming of West Fourth Street to Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Danielle Jones lives on West Fourth Street with her family and her 3-week-old son. She was joined by many of her neighbors on West Fourth Street at the meeting. Jones says she is not opposed to changing her address if the street does get renamed. She says West Fourth Street has been a landmark for years and it always will be for future generations.
"It's something easy that can be changed. The rich history of the town of Lewes has long been here, so it's something we like to preserve and keep," said Jones.
For the past two years, members of the Friendship Baptist Church in Lewes have been advocating for renaming West Fourth Street. The city says it is open to the name change, but the logistics need to be worked out. The idea was on the city council's agenda last month, but was postponed to get more public comment. Last month, the idea of renaming the street completely brought up some concerns such as mailing reasons and other confusion. Rev. George Edwards of the Friendship Baptist Church says he is hoping Monday's meeting brings a change that will benefit the whole community.
"It's a blessing to the people that live on West Fourth street, whether they are going straight through or coming into town. It is a name that shouldn't make that much difference, it's not gonna change the environment," said Edwards.
Members of the community read letters at the meeting on Monday night saying why West Fourth Street can't just be called that. The writers says Lewes should be remembered by its black history and they say this name change will do so.
After hearing public comment, the city council agreed to modify next week's agenda. On Dec. 9, the city is scheduled to vote on whether to completely rename West Fourth Street after MLK or have honorary signs made.
Council members say they will use all the comments from Monday's meeting to help form their decision.