Today residents of the District of Columbia will be given a complete list of the events planned to honor the life and legacy of the longest serving public servant in the history of the government of the District of Columbia.
Former Mayor Marion Barry gave over 40 years of his life fighting for the children of the District of Columbia. Today plans are being made to honor the contributions that Barry made beginning with his election as president of the District of Columbia Board of Education and ending on Sunday with his still being an elected official of the District of Columbia at the age of 78.
In one of his last public appearances Barry spoke with high praise of his love and passion for the development of his ward and he praised the work being done to develop Ward 8. Mayor Vincent Gray will be joined by District of Columbia City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, former First Lady Cora Masters Barry, and Christopher Barry today to announce the final plans for the District of Columbia’s funeral arrangements for the public servant that generations of Washingtonians called their “Mayor for Life.”
In the final photograph of Barry, taken by the present writer, he stood proudly beside Mayor Gray as the plans for the new economic development were announced. Gray said that the new development would bring jobs and support schools in Ward 8. His focus had not changed since 1971. He said, as always, “Take care of the children.” Today those children of the District of Columbia from the decades of the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s, and 2010’s will be able to come to city hall to say “Thank You,” to a public servant who always believed that the children of the District of Columbia deserved the best education in the world.
Marion Barry (1936-2014) will be honored in a series of events in the District of Columbia. zoomdune.com will be there to cover every event.
The following details of memorial services for the longest serving public servant for the District of Columbia are as follows:
A. Thursday, December 4 to Friday, December 5, 2014
9:00 a.m.: Brief ceremony to receive Mayor Barry’s casket at the Wilson Building, where his remains will lie in repose for 24 hours.
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
B. Friday, December 5, 2014
10:00 a.m.: Mayor Barry’s body to travel to one of the churches he regularly attended
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Musical and video tribute celebrating Mayor Barry’s 40 years of public service
6:00 pm – 9:00 p.m.: Community memorial service
Temple of Praise
700 Southern Avenue SE
C. Saturday, December 6, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Thousands are expected to attend a celebration of Mayor Barry’s life and legacy
Walter E. Washington Convention Center Halls C & D
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Viewing
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Memorial Service
Private burial immediately following the service.
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