PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth City Council voted Tuesday to permanently change an existing street name to “Missy Elliott Boulevard.”

The roadway will honor Portsmouth native Melissa Arnette Elliott, the award-winning rapper, singer, songwriter and producer best known by the stage name “Missy Elliott.”

Back in 2017, there was an effort in Portsmouth to replace the former Confederate monument on Court Street with a statue of the artist. The monument was dismantled in 2020; nothing has replaced it.

Documents show the street name request was made by Portsmouth resident Erin Carter.

Elliott graduated from the Portsmouth Public Schools system in the 90s when Woodrow Wilson High School was still known as Manor High School.

Elliott toured the high school back in 2019 and donated $25,000 to the campus. She told Woodrow Wilson High School’s administration to use it for whatever they may need — so long as the funds serve that particular school, said Portsmouth Schools spokeswoman Lauren Nolasco.

Now, just a few years later, a nearby road will honor the singer. The proposed name change would impact what is now McLean Street, from Airline Boulevard to Greenwood Drive. McLean Street runs near the Victory Crossing Shopping Center, Tidewater Community College, and the future Portsmouth Rivers Casino.

Courtesy: City of Portsmouth

Documents show no residential home addresses would be changed and no existing businesses would be impacted. The property is public right-of-way owned by the City of Portsmouth.

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