Sims Honored with Street Naming

A long-time late leader in Meridian's African American community was honored Tuesday for his accomplishments.

A new street sign was unveiled renaming 34th Avenue in George Frank Sims Avenue.

Sims was an entrepreneur and businessman in Meridian, the owner of Berry and Gardner Funeral Home, as well as several restaurants and other businesses.

Family members say it's an honor worthy of Sims.

"Today is special, because my uncle was special," said George H. Clay. "And to have the city honor him in this way will keep his name alive forever, and he deserved that. "

Earlier in his life, Sims was a trumpeter for the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus. He passed away in 1986.

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