A Motown legend is about to get his own avenue.

Milwaukee near Woodward in Detroit’s New Center area will have a portion of it renamed “Stevie Wonder Avenue.”

“I never imagined that in my lifetime this honor would be bestowed upon me. I didn’t, but God did,” Wonder said in a statement. “I am so thankful and filled with gratitude that the city where I grew up would give me a forever moment — a moment that is captured on Milwaukee Ave. and in my heart. I am overjoyed.”

The intersection of Milwaukee and Woodward is about a mile east from the famed Motown recording studio on Grand Boulevard.

Other Detroit musicians who have streets named after them include Berry Gordy Boulevard, Aretha Avenue, Miracles Boulevard and Temptations Drive.

A ceremony that is open to the public will happen at the corner of Milwaukee and Woodward with two high schools performing, Cass Tech High School and the Detroit School of the Arts at noon on Wednesday. Parking will be available at the Center for Creative Studies garage on Baltimore.

Although Wonder made a large part of his career in Detroit, he is a Saginaw native and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

We’ll leave you with a clip of Little Stevie Wonder back in 1963 in the Motortown revue playing Harmonica. Enjoy!

 

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