MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – If you drove down a portion of Weaver Road in south Memphis today, you may have noticed it has a new name.
An unveiling ceremony to announce the new name was held today. Memphis City Council members Edmund Ford, Jr., and Patrice Robinson sponsored a resolution to rename a part of the road Henry Earl Baskin, Sr. Boulevard. Mr. Baskin was an active member of the NAACP. He participated in sit-in demonstrations and spearheaded the march on downtown Memphis that led to sewage lines and indoor facilities for African Americans in the Weaver Road-Boxtown area.
His son, Reverand Henry Baskin, Jr., was at the unveiling and said, “I’m out here to help celebrate my father who was a great man in this community. He done a whole lot to bring sewers down here, streetlight,s and this honor today is very great honor. We are so proud of him. He taught us that you love God by serving others.”
Anchor Katina Rankin talked with his daughter, TSU President Dr. Glenda Glover and will have much more on Baskin’s life Tuesday during Local Good News on Local 24 News at 5.