A man who broke many color barriers in Alton will soon have a portion of a street named after him. James Bailey Sr. was the first black administrative assistant to the superintendent in the Alton School District, the first black citizen elected to the Alton City Council and the first to be named comptroller for the city. He will soon be recognized in Upper Alton with the honorarily designation of a portion of Salu Street.
Alderman Alice Martin tells The Big Z the portion of Salu between Washington Avenue and Humbert Street will now be known as “James M. Bailey, Sr. Memorial Way.”
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In other council action this week, approval was given to a plan to move forward with the construction of the Alton Regional Multitimodal Transportation Center. A plan to allow the owners of the Alton Plaza Shopping Center to divide the land so Dollar General can build a freestanding store was also approved.