Yonkers rededicates avenue to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

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A Westchester city honored Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

Yonkers rededicated a stretch of Warburton Avenue as Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Tuesday to honor the civil rights icon.

More than 20 years ago, the Yonkers City Council passed a resolution to rename the 3-mile stretch from Main Street north up to the village of Hastings-on-Hudson border.

Back in 1997, only one sign was installed. Six signs were unveiled Tuesday and line the length of Warburton Avenue, one of the busiest and most well-known streets in Yonkers.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee.

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