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Dignitaries were on hand Tuesday as North 4th Street was officially renamed in honor of the late Vel Phillips. (PHOTO: MayorOfMKE Twitter)

City unveils newly renamed Vel R. Phillips Avenue

Today, as part of the sixth annual Bronzeville Week, City of Milwaukee officials and residents gathered on 4th Street and North Avenue to celebrate the late Vel Phillips by renaming North 4th Street, from St. Paul Avenue to Capitol Drive, in her honor.

Phillips a trailblazing lawyer, judge, politician and civil rights activist died in April at age 95.

Among those on hand to pay tribute were Mayor Tom Barrett and Alds. Milele Coggs, Russell Stamper, II and Mark Borkowski, and U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore. Phillips' son Michael was also present.

"The street's renaming will serve as a memorial to Vel R. Phillips' advocacy for social justice, fair housing and civil rights," said Coggs in a statement issued Tuesday morning.

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