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Honorary Wisconsin Blog

Mama Freeman

Linda Zabors

Martha "Mama" Freeman is a long-time resident of one of Milwaukee's crime ridden areas.  She is also the mother of 5, a retired corrections office, and an active member of her church and community.  She has earned love and respect by giving nothing but love and respect.  Urban Milwaukee News calls her the "peaceful protector." She has organized kids games in the park, humorously disbanded craps games in the street, and even intervened between a gunned assailant and his would be victim; not only did she get him to give up his gun, she spent all night mediating a conversation between the two men which allowed them to leave on good terms.  She continues to know both of them.

A thoroughly remarkable woman. 

 
 

An honorary sign for Mama Freeman has been proposed for Port Sunlight Way between 25th and 27th Streets.


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Homer Simpson Honorary Street

Linda Zabors

Homer V. Simpson owned the Antler's Tavern in 1943 until his death in 1965.  According to Isthemus news, the street being honored was previously named Simpson Street after Homer donated a portion of his land to the City of Madison.  It was renamed Lake Point Drive in an attempt to revitalize the area in the 1990s.  The bar is still owned by the Simpson family.

Every summer since 2010 the long-time neighbors of the original Simpson Street have held a reunion. The organizers of this gathering petitioned to the City to have Lake Point Drive officially restored to the name Simpson Street.  In 2014 the City decided to instead dedicate an honorary sign to Homer V. Simpson.

Photo of Sign on Lake Point Drive at Hoboken Street in Madison, Wisconsin