Memphis street renamed for rapper Young Dolph

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The family of murdered rapper Young Dolph was in Memphis Wednesday to help honor him and his legacy.

The city honored the fallen Memphis legend with an honorary renaming of a section of a street in the neighborhood where he’s given so much back.

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Memphis City Council members and the family of rapper and philanthropist Young Dolph unveiled the honorary signs that will line Dunn Road off Airways Blvd.

The signs honoring lead to the very neighborhood he grew up in, the same neighborhood that showed up Wednesday to Honor Adolph Thornton Jr.

On one side of the intersection of Dunn Road and Airways Blvd., a sign will be the reminder of a man whose whole life’s work surrounded the progress of Memphis.

“Adolph was a man of no fear,” Young Dolph’s Aunt Rita Myers said. “Unlike other stars of his caliber, he walked these streets alone. He walked Castalia alone. He mingled with the kids in the community.”

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The family of Adolph “Young Dolph” Thornton Jr unveiled the honorary street signs. His life partner and the mother of his two children spoke of Young Dolph’s big heart for giving back and making sure he taught others the importance of giving back.

“I’m grateful the world can see him for who he truly is. Not the persona that most saw him for being, but who he truly is. He is more than deserving to have a street named after him,” said Mia Jerdine.

Memphis City Councilman JB Smiley led the way on the push to get council members to approve a portion of Dunn Road to honor the fallen rapper.

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“This opportunity is for us all to come together show support for a man who did great things not just for the community but by supporting the folks in this community,” Smiley said.

Paper Route Empire also spoke about Young Dolph’s impact on Memphis, explaining how Dolph didn’t think of himself as the only King of Memphis.

“He felt like all of you all are kings of Memphis. Just having morals and taking care of your family,” he said.