Laurel street renamed after opera singer

Published: Jun. 8, 2015 at 7:59 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2015 at 8:14 PM CDT
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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The City of Laurel has renamed one of their main roads after an opera singer.

City council approved the change and Beacon Street is now Leontyne Price Boulevard. The street is named after a Laurel native who is known to be one of the first African-Americans to gain international acclaim as a professional opera singer.

Mayor Johnny Magee said the street signs have not been changed yet, but will be in the next few months. He said residents who live on the road will have to change their street address name.

"Beacon Street is going to be a major thoroughfare in Laurel after the completion," Magee said. "We felt like it would be a great addition to put the name of Leontyne Price on Beacon Street because of all the notoriety that she brings to Laurel."

Mayor Magee said the unveiling of the renamed road will be held as soon as Price can make her way down to Laurel.

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