JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – A Legendary Jackson gospel singing group,celebrating 70 years, is honored with a lasting symbol in the capital city.
Jackson Southernaires Drive was dedicated in a ceremony Sunday.
The street sign recognizes the accomplishments of the Malaco recording artists.
The sign is located on Bailey Avenue at the intersection of Brian Kinsey Street.
The group was founded by Frank Crisler in 1940.
In 1979 the Jackson Southernaires received a Grammy nomination for the song Teddy Bear.
Group members thanked fans and the city for the designation and said they are humbled and grateful.
Huey Williams Sr. is the only original member still singing with the group.
"I thank God because we have toured across the country from state to state, city to city, in and out of the country and we have represented Jackson all over the world," said Williams.
Ward Three Councilman Kenneth Stokes spear headed the effort to rename the section of Bailey Avenue Extension after the gospel group.
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