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Local women seek for road to be named after civil rights activist

November 6, 2018

 

 

During the citizens comments in the council meeting this morning, two women are seeking to have a road named after someone they believe deserves recognition.

 

 Fannie Mae Jennings and Dr. Cornelia Amerson say Polly Glover Heidelberg was a powerful person in getting African Americans the right to vote. Heidelberg was a member of Council of Federated Organizations, which is an organization geared to registering African Americans to vote. She also worked with James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner in their civil rights efforts.

 

These two women say in honor of her work in the civil rights in the city of Meridian, that they would like 18th Avenue from 14th Street to 23rd Street to be named in honor of Heidelberg. Council President Tyrone Johnson says they will look into it.

 

 

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