Wreath Laying Ceremony at Mayor Harold Washington’s Grave

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Crusader Staff Report

Black leaders and residents on Monday, participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the crypt of Harold Washington, Chicago’s first Black mayor who died on November 25, 1987. On the 32nd anniversary of Washington’s death, a moment of silence was held at 11 a.m., the time when paramedics were called to City Hall after Washington suffered a massive heart attack while at his desk. He later died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Reverend Jesse Jackson, Chief Judge Timothy Evans, former Alderman Dorothy Tillman and WVON Radio Host Cliff Kelly were among the guests at the ceremony at Oak Woods Cemetery, where Washington is buried. The event was sponsored by the Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Committee.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who became Chicago’s first Black female mayor last May, did not attend the event. An organizer of the event said the mayor was sent a special invite but never responded.The Crusader sent an email to the mayor’s office but never heard back from mayor.

The Crusader emailed the mayor’s office for comment, bu

Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Chief Judge Timothy Evans sit among guests at the wreath laying ceremony Monday at former Mayor Harold Washington’s crypt at Oak Woods Cemetery.
Chief Judge Timothy Evans speaks during the wreath laying ceremony at former Mayor Harold Washington’s crypt at Oak Woods Cemetery.
A trombonist performs a musical tribute at the wreath laying ceremony at the crypt of former Mayor Mayor Harold Washington.

 

Reverend Timothy Wright III, who was special counsel to former Mayor Harold Washington, gives the invocation at the wreath laying ceremony on Monday.

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