GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids City Commission approved on Tuesday designating Monroe Center from Division to Monroe avenues as “Breonna Taylor Way.”
Taylor, who grew up in Grand Rapids, was 26 years old when she was shot and killed by police at her Louisville Apartment on March 13. Her death has since sparked several national movements.
In July, local nonprofit Justice for Black Lives submitted a request to the city for a commemorative designation of Monroe Center to honor Taylor’s memory.
At a public hearing in September, many callers were in support of the honorary name change.
There are nine other special designations like this in the city.
The designation doesn’t change the name of Monroe Center. But people will soon see “Breonna Taylor Way” under the normal green street signs.
Commissioner Joe Jones said Tuesday this needs to be just the beginning of the change that he hopes to see in Grand Rapids.
“I want to suggest that honoring Ms. Taylor in this way. Although it is a small and sentimental effort, it does speak volumes about our desire to be something different and to move in a direction that recognizes the value of those in our community those heroes and heroes who quite honestly have left this earth but deserve to be remembered,” Jones said.
Taylor’s family has told News 8 they appreciate the acknowledgment but will continue to push for police reform in the state, including banning chokeholds and no-knock warrants.