On a beautiful sunny day the community came out to celebrate the completion of the Leslie N. Shaw Park after years of work by the UNNC in conjunction with Council President Herb Wesson and the Department of Recreation and Parks.
The park is named after the first African American postmaster general appointed to a large city, by President Kennedy and so it was appropriate that the park was opened during Black History Month on February 27, 2016. People from all walks of life came out to join the celebration which included:
- Orleans 2nd Line
- Dorsey High School Drill Team
- The West Adams Girl Scout Troop #3725 led the Pledge of Allegiance
- Holy Name of Jesus School Choir sang "Lift Every Voice and Sing" the Black National Anthem, in honor of Black History Month
- Pastor Carlton Rhoden performed the Invocation
The speakers on program were:
- Council President Herb Wesson
- Sylvia Patsaouras, Commission President Board of Recreation and Parks
- Javier Solis, Superintendent, Planning, Construction & Maintenance
- Sandra Pruitt spoke on behalf of the UNNC, having led the charge since 2012 and her daughter Jewel Diamond Pruitt read Leslie N. Shaw's Biography
- The ceremony concluded with a greeting by Mr. Shaw's daughter, Valerie Shaw.
After the speakers everyone gathered by the playground equipment for the ribbon cutting. The park renovation was a long time coming, but in the end it was well worth it. Jefferson Park now has a park where families can gather to exercise, play and celebrate. Leslie Shaw park has changed the quality of life in this community!
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