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Council Honors Columbus’ African American Legacy

[COLUMBUS – OH] African Americans have made significant contributions in defining the vibrant cultural legacy of Columbus. On Friday, February 15, 2019, Columbus City Council will recognize and honor the achievements of African Americans in the Capital City during its inaugural Black History Month Celebration.

“The Black History Month Celebration gives us the opportunity to publicly highlight, celebrate and honor the work of African Americans in the cultivation of our great City,” said Councilmember Priscilla Tyson. “I am proud we are recognizing the contributions of African American trailblazers past and present who helped make Columbus one of the best cities in America.”

This free event takes place Friday, February 15, 2019, in Columbus City Council Chambers from 11am to 12-noon, doors open at 10:30 am and all are welcome to attend. The inaugural celebration will highlight Black culture, as well as honor several African American pillars in the City of Columbus and their achievements in various sectors including:

  • Queen Brooks in the area of Arts & Entertainment;
  • Lewis R. Smoot, Sr. for his leadership in Business;
  • Reverend Leon L. Troy, Sr. as a Leader in the Faith Community;
  • James Preston Poindexter for his advocacy in Public Service; and
  • Catherine T. Willis in the area of Education.

Honorees will receive the Poindexter Award which is named in recognition of James Preston Poindexter. Poindexter was a clergyman, abolitionist, civil rights activist and political pioneer serving as the first Black Columbus City Councilmember.

"Columbus' Black community has a rich and vibrant history,” said Council President Shannon Hardin. “This is an opportunity to acknowledge the people who helped create the City we live in today and to consider how we continue to uplift every neighborhood."