DC Celebrates the Life of Marion Barry with Unveiling of New Statue

Washington, D.C. – Washingtonians came out in a big way Saturday, March 3rd to celebrate the life and legacy of the man affectionately known as “The Mayor for Life” Marion Barry.  Today, marked the official unveiling of an 8ft. bronze statue showcasing the likeness of the four-time mayor.  Current Mayor Muriel Bowser helped to lead the charge to get the statue done.  Bowser said the statue will be a daily reminder of Barry’s importance to Washington and his legacy of helping those in greatest of need.

Many of the persons who came out today to watch the unveiling remember Barry fondly, especially those who benefited from his Summer Youth Employment Program.  Today’s ceremony also included numerous current and former lawmakers along with former Barry administration officials.  The bronze statue is placed prominently outside the seat of city government, right at the corner of 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.  Barry becomes only the 3rd African American to have a statue in Washington.  He’s the first local official with such an honor.

Renee Nash

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Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs for WHUR, is a well-respected journalist who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare reform and civil rights. She has also spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including radiothons, town hall meetings and food and clothing drives. Over her 25-year career at WHUR, she has been a writer, reporter, producer and anchor. Renee serves on the boards of many organizations including the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation and Sisters of Hope. She is the proud mom of Dominique and Delante.

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