Springfield honors Justice Roderick Ireland with street name

Many City leaders spoke about how Justice Ireland has never forgotten Springfield in all his accomplishments

SPRINGFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – Terrence Street in Springfield’s Old Hill neighborhood has a new name! Terrence Street will now also be known as Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland Way.

Justice Ireland was born and raised on that very street. He later became the first African American to be chief justice of the Massachusetts high court.

Many City leaders spoke about how Justice Ireland has never forgotten Springfield in all his accomplishments.

Justice Roderick L. Ireland said, “It just says so much about the community and all the support that I got from neighbors, from the Greater community. Not just my parents and grandparents but from every neighbor on this street.”

This street is just off State Street in Springfield. Justice Ireland’s grandparents and parents each lived on this street for more than 50 years.

He retired in 2014 and now teaches at Northeastern University. Some children of his former house told us this gives them hope for their future too.

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