Wilmington continues work to extend Maj. Gen. Joseph McNeil Commemorative Way

Wilmington continues work to extend Maj. Gen. Joseph McNeil Commemorative Way
Maj. Gen. Joseph McNeil Commemorative Way is dedicated from Market St. to Davis St. on 3rd St. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - More of Third Street in downtown Wilmington could soon be designated as the Major General Joseph McNeil Commemorative Way.

In October, the City of Wilmington officially dedicated North Third Street between Market and Davis streets in honor of McNeil, a Wilmington native and civil rights pioneer.

Major McNeil and three other students at NC A&T University are known as the Greensboro Four after they sat at a Woolworth lunch counter and refused to leave until they were served.

The city is now proposing extending that designation to South Third Street, from Market Street to Burnett Boulevard. At their Tuesday night meeting, they approved a resolution to petition the DOT to approve the designation.

To gather public input on the proposal, the city scheduled a public input meeting for Feb. 25. Though staff mailed post cards inviting community members to the meeting, none of the neighbors showed up to the meeting.

All addresses will remain the same even if the designation is approved.

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