CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — Dozens of people gathered to see 6 1/2 Street SW honored as Winneba Way to honor Charlottesville’s sister city in Ghana on Saturday.
The event was part of Charlottesville’s Liberation and Freedom Days. The event also celebrated Ghana’s Independence Day.
Mayor Nikuyah Walker revealed the signage and said the street sits in a perfect location because it’s where the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation started.
“It’s significant because its in the middle of what used to be a predominately black community in Charlottesville, so its a great honor for it to be here,” said Walker. “I’m glad that my collegues on council voted in favor of the street, its significant to the Ghanian community in Charlottesville and I’m sure it is something that will make them proud.”
Nana Akyeampong-Ghartey, president of the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation, wished his ancestors could have been in attendance to see the moment.
“I know they are here, my ancestors, the people that found the town called Winneba are here with me and I think they are so proud,” Akyeampong-Ghartey said.
Walker said she hopes to see each sister city get their own street in Charlottesville. The event concluded with a celebration of Ghana’s independence at Tonsler Park.