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State highway renamed for Augusta legend

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A state highway changed to honor an Augusta legend. Despite Saturday's bad weather, there was an overwhelming attendance for Dr. Ruth B. Crawford. The ceremony at Paine College was held in her honor, renaming Georgia State Route 4 the Ruth B. Crawford Highway. 

The decision was a collaboration of efforts from representatives of the Georgia General Assembly, the Mayor and the Georgia Department of Transportation. A decision that people say was not hard to make.

"Her work speaks for itself; there was not a sell for this at all," said Rep. Wayne Howard, District 121.  

The 97 year old woman spent most of her career along the road that will now be known as the Ruth B. Crawford Highway. She attended high school and college at Paine College and then taught for 38 years with the Richmond County School System. She also went on to found Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center.

"She could have gone home after she retired from the school system and just sit down but instead she cared about her community," said James Riles.  

Several members of the community spoke on Dr. Crawford's behalf and said if it had not been for her programs and dedication; some taxpaying citizens might be in prison today. 

Even Mayor Deke Copenhaver gave a few words.

"To give due honor to somebody who embodies for me everything that is good about the city of Augusta," said Mayor Copenhaver.

The honoree herself told FOX54 how grateful she was for this opportunity.

"It's just wonderful. I never dreamed anything like this would happen while I was alive," said Dr. Crawford.  

A dream that was shared by everyone she touched for a road honoring the life she has traveled through.

The Ruth B. Crawford Highway begins at 15th Street and Laney Walker Boulevard and continues to Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard.

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