Freedom Parkway to be renamed in honor of Congressman John Lewis

Freedom Parkway, which connects Downtown with Ponce de Leon Avenue on the eastside of the city, will officially be renamed John Lewis Freedom Parkway at a 1 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

The dedication ceremony will take place in the 600 block of Barnett Street, NE (behind Moe’s Southwest Grill). The new street signage unveiling will take place at the southeast corner of Freedom and Ponce. The new Freedom Riders play space, located along the PATH trail in Freedom Park, will also be officially opened.

In March 2017, the Atlanta City Council unanimously passed a resolution authored by Council member Andre Dickens and cosponsored by all council members to create a Task Force to determine an appropriate manner in which to honor U.S. Congressman John Lewis, such as renaming a street or naming or dedicating a public place such as a building, plaza, park or other similar public place.

It was determined after public deliberation and input that Freedom Parkway should be renamed to honor Lewis as a Civil Rights leader and as a U.S. House Representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District.