Committee to take up street-naming proposal

Published 10:22 pm Saturday, January 3, 2009

Selma City Council’s administrative committee will discuss the process of re-naming Jeff Davis Avenue to J.L. Chestnut Avenue.

The committee has set a meeting for 4 p.m., Tuesday, in the council chambers of City Hall.

The move to change the name of Jeff Davis Avenue came shortly after Chestnut’s death. Chestnut was the first African-American attorney in Selma. He was an author and musician as well.

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Advocates for renaming the street pointed to Jeff Davis Avenue as the location of Chestnut’s first office, his childhood home and of his church.

A plea for the council to take some action came as late as last week when Sherette Spicer appeared before the body. She wept as she talked about the seeming lack of care the council had for moving on the proposal to name the street.

Spicer is not the only individual to ask the council to take some action on renaming the street. The Bishop Franklin Fortier, leader of the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Committee had made the request several months ago after Chestnut died.