BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — South Baton Rouge’s E. Washington Street will be renamed after pioneer Lorri Burgess.

The metro council voted unanimously on changing the street name to Lorri Burgess Avenue.

The city will unveil the street sign Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. Immediately after, a block party will take place at the Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington Street. The event will include free food, entertainment, games, other activities and more.

Burgess was an impactful person who served as a metro councilwoman in her own neighborhood, District 10. She was a council member for 12 years and became the council’s first Black female Mayor Pro-tempore. She was also the Chief Operating Officer for the Sickle Cell Association of South Louisiana.

The Sickle Cell Association of South Louisiana expressed its support of the street renaming with the statement below.

We couldn’t be more excited that a street will be named after Ms. Lorri Burgess in south Baton Rouge. It is fitting. She means a lot to this community as well as to the Sickle Cell Association of South Louisiana. We are able to support and advocate for individuals living with sickle cell disease in our community because of her and the path she has laid for us. She has done so much for Baton Rouge through her time as a Metro Council Member, and especially the sickle cell community as our CEO for 19 years. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate her in this way during her birthday month. Ms. Burgess will live on through the SCASL organization for sure, and now throughout Baton Rouge as people drive down Lorri Burgess Ave.

Erin Fullbright, Executive Director of Sickle Cell Association of South Louisiana