A street honoring the late Young Dolph has been unveiled in Memphis, Tennessee. On Wednesday (Dec. 15), friends, family and fans gathered in the city’s Castalia Heights neighborhood to celebrate the rapper’s life and legacy. During the street dedication ceremony, the intersection at Dunn and Airways was officially renamed Adolph “Young Dolph” Thornton, Jr. Avenue.
The idea for the street renaming was proposed by City Councilman J.B. Smiley, who discouraged gun violence while honoring the late emcee. Dolph’s life partner, Mia Jerdine, also addressed the crowd at the event, expressing her wishes for the street to serve as an inspiration for others to follow in Dolph’s footsteps and give back.
“That’s what I’m hoping for this community: every time each and every person drives by the sign, they see Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. When you see that name that you’re inspired to just make a difference and to just to make a change a small change in giving and loving and just being a better person for the betterment of this community,” she said.
Dolph was fatally shot on Nov. 17 while visiting the Makeda’s Cookie shop on Airway Boulevard. In his absence, his DJ, DJ Rocksteady, expressed gratitude for the permanent tribute and reminder of his friend’s charitable spirit.
‘These streets right here in this community made Paper Route Empire, birthed Paper Route Empire,” he said on behalf of the record label. “I’m just thankful that the city will leave something visible, will leave something tangible. When you see that sign, it’s not just a sign for Young Dolph: it’s a sign for the future of this community and this city. Y’all can see that anything is possible. Paper Route Empire, we’re not going nowhere. We got big plans. We got more music coming on. It’s not over with. Young Dolph’s legacy will live on.”