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Ida Street could soon be renamed

Ida Street in Tupelo could soon be renamed in hopes of bettering it's reputation.

Posted: Feb 25, 2020 7:06 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2020 9:17 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Ida Street in Tupelo could soon be renamed in hopes of bettering its reputation.

Residents of Ida Street are typically lower-income families.

Tupelo City Councilwoman Nettie Davis commented, "Ida Street had some negative connotations about it a few years back. Some of the things that relate to Ida Street where people used to live in the apartment complexes they got in bad condition."

A new name means a new reputation.

Ida Street is named after Ida B. Wells, a civil rights activist born in Holly Springs in 1862 as a slave.

Davis is hoping because there is local history to the area with the name that it can better the reputation of Ida Street.

The Tupelo City Council held a work session Tuesday and opened the conversation about the name change.

The Council didn't make a decision.

Davis said she doesn't necessarily want to change the name, she wants to call it Ida B. Wells Street.

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