Montgomery Planning Commission passes renaming of street for civil rights lawyer

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 8:15 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The City of Montgomery Planning Commission unanimously passed a recommendation to rename Jeff Davis Avenue for civil rights lawyer Fred Gray.

The recommendation to rename the street to Fred D. Gray Avenue was passed during the commission meeting Thursday.

Gray, a Montgomery native, was one of Rosa Parks’ attorneys in her arrest. He also represented Martin Luther King Jr. a number of times, and helped in the legal fight to allow African American students to learn at the University of Alabama.

He grew up on the street.

One business owner on that street who spoke out against the change said this will have a negative impact on him.

“It’s gonna cost us about $2,500, $3,000 in time and money to contact and change stationery, invoices, contracts, contact suppliers,” said Robert Jehle, owner of Jehle Building & Tile Company.

The planning commission recommendation will head to the city council.

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