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Williamston considers naming road after MLK

Posted: Updated: May 8, 2012 11:12 PM
The town of Williamston considers renaming Greenville Drive in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (May 8, 2012/FOX Carolina) The town of Williamston considers renaming Greenville Drive in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (May 8, 2012/FOX Carolina)
WILLIAMSTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The town of Williamston is considering renaming a road in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but several business owners aren't happy about it. We're told nothing in the entire town is named after the civil rights leader. 

Many business owners tell us they don't have an issue with honoring King. They're just concerned that a major road change would affect so many areas of their businesses along Greenville Drive. 

"It would cost all a lot of money. We would have to change the writing on our trucks, business materials, and signs. It will be a lot of extra expense," said business owner Paul Cothran of Cothran's Towing. 

The idea to change Greenville Drive came from New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church.  Several months ago, church members signed a petition to make the name change because they felt King should have a street named in his honor considering he drove through this small town during the civil rights movement.

"After I heard about the cost it was going to cause the businesses, it really made me consider their point of view," said church member Claude Anderson.  

Town Council formed a committee of two council members and two business owners who are expected to report back to Town Council next month on how much it's going to cost businesses to make the change. 

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