Street named in honor of former Richmond mayor
11/9/2023, 6 p.m.
The City of Richmond renamed a South Side street to honor former Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, according to news reports.
At the corner of 16th and Decatur streets, you can now see a brown honorary street name sign for “Dr. Dwight C. Jones Way,” in honor of Richmond’s 79th Mayor, Dr. Dwight C. Jones.
Sunday’s celebration and sign reveal honored Dr. Jones and his more than 50 years in public service.
“When I think about it, it’s very hard for me to process the fact that I’ve been at this church for 50 years, but the numbers don’t lie and my legs don’t lie,” Dr. Jones, whose First Baptist Church of South Richmond is located on the block, said in a comment to a WTVR CBS 6 reporter.
During his two tenures as Richmond mayor from 2009 through 2016, Dr. Jones helped build four new schools, spearhead the revitalization of Main Street Station, and start a shuttle service to help Richmonders living in food deserts get transportation to grocery stores, WTVR stated.