Centenarian’s street to be renamed in his honor

One of the first African-Americans allowed to buy a house in the Westwood Terrace neighborhood in southwest Atlanta will be honored by having the street he lived on for more than four decades named after him.

Ferris Street SW will be renamed R. Roscoe Morrow Street in honor of Rufus Roscoe Morrow, who moved onto the street in 1968 and lived to be 105 before he died Aug. 28, 2014.

On his 105th birthday July 8, 2014, Morrow told WSB-TV/Channel 2 Action News that the keys to long life were living right, being good to others and remembering the Creator.

“Work hard and try to have somewhere to stay when you get old, and then they can’t throw you out,” he said with a laugh.

The street-renaming ordinance is sponsored by Council Member C.T. Martin. A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 24, before the Utilities Committee at Atlanta City Hall.