Purple Street Signs to Honor Prince in Change to Road Name in Minneapolis.

Matthew C. Woodruff
Curious Things
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2 min readMay 5, 2023

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Almost unanimously, Minnesota state legislators voted to rename a seven-mile stretch of the Minnesota State Highway 5 that goes through the Minneapolis suburbs of Chanhassen and Eden Prairie in honor of the artists formerly known as Prince.

That section of road travels past his Paisley Park Museum and studios will be renamed the Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway. The road stretches past the 65,000 square feet Paisley Park estate, where Prince lived and recorded his music, and has in recent years become the site of musical pilgrimage.

The friends and family of the star are footing the bill to have the road’s name changed. The new signs showing the road’s new name will be purple.

Prince was known for tracks such as Purple Rain, When Doves Cry and Raspberry Beret, and died in 2016 after an accidental fentanyl overdose at age 57.

Prince, who was considered to have revolutionized the R&B genre and inspired multiple generations and countless future performers, was also known for his androgynous fashion. From his earliest days in the public eye back in the ’70s, Prince awed audiences with his dynamic, vivid fashion sense and his dizzying array of looks. Always iconoclastic and never dull.

As one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Prince brought a new conversation about gender to fashion. He wore high heels and lace gloves, making the world think about how a man or a woman should dress, pushing the boundaries of taste and acceptability.

Prince made people feel comfortable with how they identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for the archaic idea of gender conformity.

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Matthew C. Woodruff
Curious Things

Eclectic Writing from the Heart and Mind for Curious People. I believe in Love, Justice, Equality and the Weirdness of Life. Author and Freelance Journalist..