Columbus organization proposes project to honor MLK

Columbus organization proposes project to honor MLK

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A local group says it wants to restore parts of the Fountain City and at the same time honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Turnaround Columbus wants to create a trail called the MLK Jr. Outdoor Walking Center Trail.

The vision is to put King's name in several areas of the city from where it stops on 10th Avenue to Bay Avenue by the Chattahoochee River and where it stops on Buena Vista Road all the way to Macon Road. This will stretch Dr. King's name in Columbus from 2.2 miles to 5.5 miles.

According to Ronzell Buckner from Turnaround Columbus, the trail could bring money to the city through tourism, as well as educating young people about MLK's legacy and black history in general.

"When people come to our city they will be able to take tours of the MLK Learning Center be able to see, be able to hear the contributions African Americans made to our city," Buckner said.

Bucker says the first phase includes beautifying the current MLK Jr. Boulevard.

"Dr. King opened doors for me and it's also important because we need to understand and we need to know our history and it's not being taught in schools but with the outdoor learning center the history can be taught every day," Buckner said.

If you want to show support for this project, you are asked to come to the city council meeting on Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m.

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