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Senator Proposes Another Name For Highway 41

State senator Thelma Harper hopes eventually to change a five mile stretch of U.S Highway 41 into Rosa Parks Boulevard to honor the civil rights hero.

A road can get a new name in two ways. It can get an honorary name, or have the actual name changed. The proposed stretch of road already has both.

"She set a precedent and it benefitted all of us, and we will continue to remember that," Harper said.

The road officially called US-41 illustrates that naming a road can be tricky. At some parts it's Metro Center Boulevard, at others it's 8th Avenue or James Robertson Parkway.

One section of road is also the Purple Heart Trail, which is a special memorial designation, but not the road's official name.

So where does Rosa Parks Boulevard fit in? Senator Harper has already proposed legislation to make 41 from Clarksville Pike to Broadway a memorial parkway.

Harper expects to field little opposition from congress and businesses.

Harper hopes eventually to permanently change the name of the road to Rosa Parks Boulevard, which would involve the City of Nashville and lots of changes for local businesses.

"The cost of changing addresses would be astronomical," Nashville Sporting Goods owner Willie Myers said.

While Rosa Parks is a legend, the road her name may one day replace has quite a history too.

"Eighth Avenue has been here forever. I'd hate to see it changed," Bob Butler with Nashville Sporting Goods said.

Harper said she picked the stretch of road to name Rosa Parks Boulevard because of its cultural and historic value, as well as the fact that the new African American Museum will be built along it.

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