Memphis street to be renamed for rapper Young Dolph, councilman says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Martin Luther King Avenue, Elvis Presley Boulevard - there’s been a new addition to the roster.

Memphis City Councilman J.B. Smiley announced that Memphis will honor the late rapper Young Dolph by renaming a street for him.

The rapper, whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., was gunned down inside Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies on Airways Boulevard.

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The shop’s owner, Maurice Hill, told FOX13 that Young Dolph went into the store to buy cookies when someone drove up, shot and killed him.

Memphis police released photos of two suspects wanted in the rapper’s murder, as well as a white Mercedes they were in at the time of the killing.

Young Dolph was beloved by locals, known for giving back to the community.

On Dec. 7, Councilman Smiley will sponsor a resolution celebrating Young Dolph and naming a street in his honor.

A public ceremony unveiling the street name will be held on Dec. 15 at 1:00 pm at Dunn Avenue and Airways Boulevard near the Memphis Depot Industrial Park, according to the release.

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Young Dolph’s family shared the following statement:

Castalia Heights community, in particular, bestowing this honor is not only a way to celebrate his contributions, but it also continues to serve as a remembrance for the people of this community, of someone who made themselves a relatable example of hard work and perseverance.

He sent the message that someone who went to the same schools as them, and walked the same streets that they do, was able to not only create a successful legacy for himself but also prioritize family and community. In short, he was a role model and beacon of hope. And he took this responsibility very seriously.

Beyond the philanthropic efforts and acts of community building, Adolph also spoke with community leaders about his plans to build music education centers where young people would be able to gain access to the training and resources often unattainable to under-served and under-represented communities. It was always his mission to bridge those gaps and create pathways for the people of his city.

Countries and communities all over the world have been honoring his life with murals and dedications, and these public acts of love are received warmly by our family. But how much more meaningful would it be to have his very own hometown do the same.

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The family is organizing a public memorial service and will provide more information when it becomes available.