FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — A stretch of Winter Street near Downtown Fort Wayne is getting a new name to memorialize a local community leader.
Friends and family of Victure Scruggs unveiled the Victure Scruggs Memorial Parkway Friday afternoon at the corner of Winter and Lewis Street.
Scruggs worked with Fort Wayne City Council, the NAACP, and over a dozen other local boards and committees throughout his life.
Scruggs died in 2015, but friends and family say his legacy will continue to inspire others.
“I think it reminds people again that the good that you do never goes away. The good that you do never fails," Rev. Bill McGill said. "And his candle never goes out. His flame never goes out. His concern for this community never goes out.”
“As you can see, he was a stalwart figure in the city of Fort Wayne for many years in many different capacities," City Councilman Geoff Paddock said. "And so if anyone is certainly deserving of this designation, it’s Victure Scruggs.”
The Memorial Parkway runs through four blocks of Winter Street, encompassing multiple houses which Scruggs lived in.
The official name of Winter Street on the map will not change.