May 05, 2023

Minneapolis Names Major Road After Prince

The late artist known as Prince has been honoured by the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota with an important stretch of drive named after him.

A US Senate vote on Thursday, 4 May, near-unanimously approved a bill to rename the 11.2-kilometre State Highway 5 to Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway after the pop star, who passed away on 21 April 2016 at the age of 57.

The motorway, which runs past Prince’s Paisley Park home, will have road signs in purple, a reference to his 1984 magnum opus, “Purple Rain”.

The bill’s passing was championed by Republican senator, Julia Coleman, who claimed that family and friends of Prince provided the financial support for the process.

During the session, Coleman proclaimed that “Prince was a true genius, a visionary artist who pushed the boundaries of music and cultures in ways that will never be forgotten.

“His influence can be heard in the work of countless musicians who came after him, and his legacy continues to inspire new generations of artists to this day,” she added.

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