Two Fayetteville streets have been renamed in honor of local heroes.
The City of Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas Black Alumni Society unveiled the new street names on Friday, April 16. The street names will recognize World War II veteran Lt. Col. Leroy Pond and former Arkansas Razorbacks head basketball coach Nolan Richardson.
Nolan Richardson Drive connects Razorback Road and Stadium Drive at the south side of Bud Walton Arena. Previously, this road was called Leroy Pond Drive.
Lt. Col. Leroy Pond Avenue has been christened and is located at the former Government Avenue. It connects Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and the Fayetteville National Cemetery.
Richardson served as the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas for 17 seasons, with 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, including six Sweet 16 appearances, four Elite Eight appearances, three Final Four appearances, was a national runner-up in 1995 and was the 1994 NCAA Championship winner.
WWII veteran Pond participated in the D-Day invasion and received multiple honors, including the Silver Star and Purple Heart. He was wounded in Germany and died in 1945.
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