FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) – Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley celebrated the inauguration of the statue today for the city’s first black mayor.
A bronze statue of Floyd J. McCree now sits on the front lawn outside Flint City Hall.
Neeley says the honor is long overdue.
“It’s about who we are as a community,” says Neeley. “We are one Flint, in resonance, moving forward together and this is a historic moment. I’m so glad I was able to help make this happen. ”
McCree was mayor of Flint from 1966 to 1968. He was the first black mayor of a major metropolitan city.
During his tenure, McCree fought for fair housing and equal employment opportunities.
“We have to be able to see a reflection of greatness in our entire community,” says Neeley. “We have other statues, but this is the first one in Flint with an African-American man.”
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