Dr. William Finlayson is a treasured figure in Milwaukee’s history. For nearly six decades, the 98-year-old has defined Black excellence for the city’s residents as a prominent fixture in both the healthcare and finance industries.
On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the street that once housed his first private practice was officially named N. Doctor William Finlayson Street in honor of the community leader and entrepreneur.
“Milwaukee has many streets including people who have made an impact on the city, including Juneau, Kilborn, Cass Street and more,” said Albert L Smith who served as Master of Ceremonies for the street naming. “Now, we have a street to honor Dr. Finlayson, a towering figure in Milwaukee history.”
N. Doctor William Finlayson street runs alongside Vel R. Phillips Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, to further illustrate the significance and prominence of the near centenarian.
For the good doctor, life has been full of great accomplishments; however, Tuesday’s tribute was one that moved him deeply.
“Oh, it was a great ceremony, it’s very memorable. I hope to look back five years from now; it’s an honor,” he said.
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Source: Black Enterprise