South Bend billboards, reception honor local African American leaders

South Bend is honoring local African American leaders with three separate billboards as part of Black History Month.

Bishop Donald L. Alford, Mary I. Alford, Austin Gammage, Makeda Grier, Karrah Herring, J.D., Captain David Herron, Isaac Hunt, Gino Johnson, Cedric Joseph-Pauline, Alfonso Mack, Jan Marable, Dr. Alma Powell, Kimberly Green Reeves, Clara Ross, Huey Schoby, Joe Taylor III, and Leslie Wesley are among those being honored.

The digital billboards will run through the end of Black History Month. They are located at the intersections of Angela Boulevard and Indiana 23, Ironwood Drive and Indiana 23, and Ironwood Drive and Lincolnway East.

“It’s important that we recognize the vital role these African-American leaders play in our community,” Mayor James Mueller said in a statement.

In addition to the billboards, the leaders will be honored at the Charles Black Community Center, 3419 W. Washington Street on Thursday, February 27 at 6 PM. Mayor Mueller will host the reception. The event is free and open to the public.

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