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Mississippi capital names street for blues artist Bobby Rush

The Jackson City Council voted Tuesday to rename Ellis Avenue to Bobby Rush Boulevard. The name change takes effect in a month.

JACKSON, Miss — Editor's Note: Video above is from May 2021.

Mississippi's capital is renaming one of its major streets for a Grammy-winning blues singer who lives in the city. 

The Jackson City Council voted Tuesday to rename Ellis Avenue to Bobby Rush Boulevard.

The north-south corridor provides a direct route from Interstate 20 to the Jackson Zoo. 

The name change takes effect in a month.

Rush has won two Grammy Awards for best traditional blues album — one in 2016 and one in 2020. 

Rush is a Louisiana native and lived in Arkansas and Chicago before moving to Jackson in the 1980s. 

A Mississippi Blues Trail marker says Rush is known for a "folk funk" style.

RELATED: WATCH: Blues legend Bobby Rush joins other Memphis musicians & Rhodes College students for special rendition of “America the Beautiful”

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