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Harrisonburg dedicates Lucy Simms mural

Published: May. 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM EDT
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Wednesday, there was a dedication ceremony for the mural recently painted on a Harrisonburg parking garage in honor of educator Lucy Simms.

Lucy Simms was an educator here in the Valley and a symbol in the African-American community. On Wednesday, folks in the community dedicated a mural painted on the west side of the Elizabeth Street parking garage in her honor.

The ceremony took place at the Golden Pony in downtown Harrisonburg. Speakers included Mayor Chris Jones and the founder of the Harriet Tubman Culture Center, Stan Maclin.

Leaders hope that the mural will serve as an inspiration to future generations --and will show that Harrisonburg is a welcoming and friendly city.

"To have so many people here celebrating Lucy Simms and talking about how she's someone who brought the community together, and an important historical figure, was just very powerful," says Andrea Dono, executive director of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.

A sign next to the Simms mural outlines her life and accomplishments.