When it was set up in the ’50s, Willingboro, N.J., was meant to be a whites-only suburbia. It took a state Supreme Court case to lift the restriction. Decades later, the town has named a street after Martin Luther King Jr.
Salem Road joins nearly 1,000 other roads around the country named for the Civil Rights activist. The Associated Press reports the Burlington County road sign was officially unveiled Sunday to honor King’s fight for equal rights.
Willingboro, by the way, is now 73 percent black, according to 2010 Census data cited in the AP’s report.