On Monday January 18 the nation will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day that became a federal holiday 35 years ago. Many celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. King who was an influential American Civil Rights leader.
This year will be very special for many citizens in Henderson, as a street will now bear his name.
“After 35 years God has given us a street and I want to thank Mayor Buzz Fullen, Councilmen Michael Searcy, District 3 and Henry Pace, District 2 and City Manager Jay Abercrombie,” said Betty Elder who founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration here in Henderson.
A special service was held Saturday at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Henderson for the unveiling of a street sign that will be erected on Webster Drive two days before Dr. King’s Day of celebration.
During a November City Council meeting a petition of 112 signatures was sent to the Council asking that Webster Drive be renamed Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. It was tabled to gather more information and placed on December’s agenda as an action item after the information had been gathered.
Councilman Henry Pace stressed to the Council that he hoped a decision would be made prior to Dr. King’s day of celebration in January.
Because of the historical significance of Webster that dates back to the 1940’s the Council made the decision to name the street both Martin Luther King, Jr. Street and Webster Drive.
Mayor Fullen told the Council in that meeting that other cities in the area have one or more streets with two names including US 259 and Kilgore Drive here in Henderson.