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Former resident Boone Dunbar honored

Friday, March 18, 2005

Mayor Tom Arthur announced this week the city has formally renamed Penn St. after former resident Boone Dunbar.

Last week, the city erected a sign establishing the street's new name as Boone Dunbar Drive. The drive three blocks long on the city's north side was home to Dunbar for several years.

Dunbar, a self-taught musician, learned to read music and play both the trumpet and drums. He was uniquely entertaining and created his trademark Booneaphone, which consisted of a brass horn and kazoo in a thin mouthpiece.

"He did a lot with music in the community," the Mayor said.

He explained that while he didn't know Dunbar personally, the Brazil City Council passed an ordinance to rename Penn Street after a local resident requested the Council do so in August 2004.

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