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Harlem dedicates clock and mayors tribute

Posted: April 24, 2013 - 12:09am
Members of the Harlem community gathered for the dedication ceremony for the new city clock and mayor tribute in front of City Hall.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Members of the Harlem community gathered for the dedication ceremony for the new city clock and mayor tribute in front of City Hall.

Harlem residents celebrated the new clock honoring the city’s past and present mayors Friday.

The city dedicated the new clock at a ceremony to celebrate the memorial’s completion.

Located just outside Harlem City Hall, the memorial includes a clock, a bench and a brick wall in which the names of former mayors and dates of their terms are inscribed.

“It’s designed to be a living memorial,” Harlem City Manager Jason Ritzner said. “We can come back and add more names.”

The idea for a city clock had been circulating around City Hall for 10 years, Rizner said, but the project solidified after Mayor Bobby Culpepper was approached by Ken Clary, a former Harlem resident and relative to four of Harlem’s past mayors.

Clary pitched the
idea of erecting a city clock that would honor Harlem’s past, present and future mayors.

From there, City Councilman Tom Blalock said the city began the process of designing and building the monument, which took about three months.

“It was a wonderful process,” he said. “Everyone had a say.”

The clock and mayors’ tribute is a great way to celebrate Harlem’s history and honor its past, said one Thomson man who said he attended to show his community support.

Former Mayor Shirley Tankersley agreed.

“It’s great,” she said. “It suits our whole town.”

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