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LA intersection is renamed Woody Guthrie Square

Thursday - 4/12/2012, 3:14pm  ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This square is his square.

An intersection in downtown Los Angeles will now bear the name of Woody Guthrie as the city celebrates the 100th birthday of the folk singer, social crusader and "This Land is Your Land" writer.

The corner of Fourth and Main streets is being dubbed Woody Guthrie Square at a Thursday dedication by city officials and Guthrie descendants.

The ceremony is part of an eight-day citywide celebration of Guthrie, who lived in LA in the late 1930s, and whose songs during the Depression and Dustbowl invoked California as much as his Oklahoma home.

The celebration ends with a Saturday concert that includes David Crosby, Jackson Browne and Kris Kristofferson.

Guthrie died in 1967 after inspiring a new generation of folk singers, especially a young Bob Dylan.


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