Columbus comes up with money for Catfish Alley

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Improvements on one of Columbus’ most famous streets will continue as more funding has been made available.

The Commercial Dispatch reports the City Council has allocated $25,000 for improvement of Catfish Alley. Money for the project will come from remaining general obligation bond funds used for paving streets in the city’s six wards.

Catfish Alley became a contentious issue when in August, a group of Sallie Mae Jones’ family members petitioned the city to change the name of Fourth Street South to Sallie Mae Jones Catfish Alley. Jones was an African American business owner who had a longtime presence in Catfish Alley.

The request to change the name was withdrawn by the family after opposition from the council and some citizens.