By Jean Gordon Cook
(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University hosted the dedication celebration for the renaming of Terry Road to University Boulevard on Friday, Oct. 21. The newly named roadway extends 2.3 miles from I-20 to the entrance of JSU’s campus.
At the start of the program, JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers said University Boulevard will serve as a beacon of enlightenment for people entering Jackson from the nearby interstate exit.
“In a real sense, University Boulevard is the highway to knowledge,” she said.
The JSU Center for University-Based Development (CUBD) and the JSU National Alumni Association, Inc., were instrumental in getting the street renamed.
CUBD director Kimberly Hilliard told the crowd that the roadway initiative fits in with JSU’s goal to help revitalize West Jackson. She said the process to rename Terry Road University Boulevard took about three years and involved going door-to-door to get approval signatures from 99 percent of neighborhood landowners.
But once the legwork was done, city officials supported the move.
“This is one of the first street renaming(s) the City Council didn’t have to argue about,” said Jackson City Council President Frank Bluntson.