Cherokee gets 1st street named for MLK, in Canton

After hearing from members of the faith community and determining no roadway in Cherokee County is named for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Canton officials have designated a local street to be renamed for the late civil rights leader.

The City Council approved a staff recommendation to rename Riverstone Boulevard, between Bluffs and Reinhardt College parkways, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

There are no addresses on this stretch of street, mitigating potential costs to property owners; and it’s near the historic Hickory Log Creek Cemetery and African-American farmlands, City Manager Billy Peppers said in a memo to the council.

Staff will inform Cherokee County 911 and GPS systems to update their street name records. Once that’s done, the roadway will be officially dedicated, and its signs, changed. A date for the ceremony will be announced, Peppers said.