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Family seeks to rename Southside street for Civil Rights activists Robert and Trudie Perkins

Posted at 6:33 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 18:33:08-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — There could be a new name for one street on Tallahassee's southside.

City commissioners approved moving forward to rename Gamble Street, between FAMU Way and Ardelia Court. The new name proposed is Robert and Trudie Perkins Boulevard.

Commissioners say it's their way of honoring the couple's role in the Tallahassee Civil Right's movement.

Multiple family members spoke in favor of the move on Tuesday.

"They didn't do what they did for fanfare," said Jacqueline Perkins, the daughter of Robert and Trudie Perkins. "They did it because it was the right thing to do. They were tireless workers. They were advocates for this community. They were courageous. They paid the ultimate price. Made sacrifices. They lost their job in an effort to make this city, community, county, and state a better place."

The street renaming process begins with a property owner petition.

If a street renaming petition is approved by 100 percent of the abutting property owners, the renaming does not require County or City Commission approval and is handled administratively.

If a renaming petition receives a minimum of 75 percent approval, the street renaming must be approved by the Addressing Steering Committee and the Leon County Commission.

The ASC consists of both Leon County and the City of Tallahassee representatives. Coordination with the City Commission and City Manager occurs when the County Commission hears requests to rename City streets.