Council Dedicates Road In Memory Of Late Charleston Doctor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --The City of Charleston voted Monday night to rename one of its streets.

John Norman Street will be the newest street in Charleston. It falls within the city's historic district and the name has historical significance.

The new street sign will go up on Lewis Street, between Dickinson Street and Leon Sullivan Way, right near the Garnet Career Center. Members of the Charleston City Council voted to rename the street John Norman Street.

John Norman Jr., was a cardiovascular surgeon and artificial heart pioneer. Norman passed away in 2014. John Sr., was a Charleston architect and structural engineer.

According to the West Virginia Center of African American Art and Culture, Charleston currently has two other streets named after African Americans. Those are Leon Sullivan Way and Christopher Street, which is named after Christopher Martin.

The street name change is significant because John Norman Jr., attended school at Garnet High School, which is now Garnet Career Center.

No word on when that sign change will happen.

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