Decatur citizens purchased this sculpture to honor Elizabeth Wilson and commemorate her retirement from the Decatur City Commission. With her election in 1983, she became the first African American to serve on the City Commission and in 1983, she became the first African American mayor, a position she held until 1998. She retired from the commission in 1999. A civil rights activist, community health center advocate, neighborhood leader, public servant, mother, grandmother and friend, Elizabeth Wilson is a quiet, dedicated trailblazer who forever changed this city with her gentle but firm determination to create a better community for all citizens. Her impact will continue to be felt for years to come. The artist's description of this sculpture Celebration, describes Elizabeth Wilson and her vision for our community.
Dedicated in May 2000