The Round Rock City Council voted unanimously at its Thursday, Jan. 14 meeting to designate Sheppard Street in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Round Rock Black History Organization (BHO) held a small ceremony Saturday, Jan. 16 to recognize the addition of the historic figure’s name to signs along Sheppard Street in Downtown Round Rock.
“I’m very proud of the City of Round Rock this evening and so grateful to the BHO organization for all the hard work they’ve done,” Council Member Hilda Montgomery said.
Sheppard Street played a prominent role in Round Rock’s history by connecting the city’s governmental and commercial center on Main Street with one of the city’s predominantly minority neighborhoods. St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church located on Sheppard Street was the first African Methodist Episcopal church in Round Rock when it was established in 1885.
“Round Rock has enjoyed a long history of diverse individuals, families, businesses and organizations who have had a positive and lasting impact on the city’s culture and development, and the accomplishments of the City’s Black community are woven into the fabric of the city and are clearly evident in Round Rock’s success today,” Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said.
The street will maintain the name Sheppard Street and include honorary signage for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. No addresses will change for properties located along the street.