City block named after Library Board of Trustees President

William Cheatham2The City of Atlantic City officially designated the corner of Atlantic and Maryland avenues “William K. Cheatham’s Block” – named in honor of the Atlantic City Free Public Library’s current Board of Trustees president – at a special ceremony held Nov. 13. The City unveiled a street sign with the block’s new name.
Cheatham spent much of his adult life as a resident of that block, living there for 51 years.
“(This honor) means a lot,” he said. “They used to call me the Mayor of Maryland Avenue way back, because I’d get out here and ask questions about whatever went on in the block.
“It’s a good thing. I appreciate it a lot.”
Cheatham served on many organizations in the past, among them the Big Brothers Association, Atlantic City Council of Boy Scouts of America, United Way of Atlantic County and Atlantic County Board of Public Transportation.
In addition to his work as the Library’s Board of Trustees president, Cheatham still serves on the Municipal Utilities Authority Board and is the Atlantic City Shade Tree Committee chairman.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. and members of City Council spoke at the ceremony.
“This is a great day in the City of Atlantic City, as Mr. Cheatham is someone who blazed the trail for so many,” Small said. “He has fought hard for the little people, and no one can question his love for the City of Atlantic City.
“I just wish young people would look at Mr. Cheatham and get as active as he is. He’s at every CRDA meeting. He’s at the majority of the City Council meetings, and I get about two calls a week from Mr. Cheatham. He definitely deserves this honor.”
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