Missy Elliott’s hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia has honored her by naming a street after her. On August 9, the Portsmouth City Council unanimously approved a citizen’s request to rename a street Missy Elliott Boulevard, WTKR reports.
“I am forever GRATEFUL,” Elliott wrote on Twitter.
Local resident and fan Erin Carter proposed the street name change.
“We don’t do a good job recognizing our own heroes that’s right here from Portsmouth,” Carter said during Tuesday’s city council meeting.
“Growing up I learned that this same girl [Elliot] who’s received all these awards, performed at the White House…she grew up right here in our city of Portsmouth. Children shouldn’t have to look to another city to see greatness, because greatness resides in Portsmouth.”
Missy Elliott acknowledged Carter in an Instagram Story.
“Thank you @iamerincarter for initiating me having a street in my name in my hometown VA! Thank [you] to the whole city council??? I have been Blessed with many awards but this hit different when it comes from home & I am PROUD to be a #757 2 up 2 down country girl,” she wrote.
“No matter where I go across the globe I am still P-TOWN ALL DAY baybeeeee. I am so Humbly Grateful God is good ALL THE TIME.”
A portion of McLean Street, located in the town’s entertainment district, will be renamed in her honor. The road runs adjacent to the Victory Crossing Shopping Center, Tidewater Community College, and the site of Portsmouth Rivers Casino.