Tejano music legend Little Joe Hernandez was honored with a renamed street in his hometown of Temple, Texas.
The five time GRAMMY award winner with a musical career spanning over a half a century, will now have his legacy on display in his hometown as the city of Temple renamed Sixth Street as Little Joe Drive.
“It’s something I never expected,” Hernandez said. “I go to other cities and see the names of other artists and celebrities, but it never once crossed my mind that they would name a street after me.”
The Temple chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens presented the renaming request Thursday to the City Council and the resolution was unanimously approved by the council.
“This to me means more than a personal recognition. It also speaks to the fact that Temple has made progress on race relations,” Hernandez said. “As a kid, I went through the segregation period, so I never dreamed anything like this could happen. I’m just totally honored and humbled by such an incredible recognition.”
The street will have a dual-name status of Little Joe Drive/South Sixth Street between East Central Avenue and East Avenue E. Property owners will still be able to operate under their current Sixth Street addresses.