City honors memory of Congressman Mickey Leland

City honors memory of Congressman Mickey Leland

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A plaque was unveiled at Booker T. Washington Park Sunday afternoon in recognition of a former congressman and Lubbock native.

Congressman Mickey Leland died in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission in Ethiopia in 1989, and city leaders hosted a memorial to honor Leland's work in civil rights and humanitarian causes.

He served in the Texas House of Representatives and went on to represent the City of Houston in the Legislature in Congress. 

Alison Leland, his widow, said she could not be more honored to come to Lubbock and celebrate her husband's connection to the city.

"...and to have people who knew him return, like Chancellor (Kent) Hance, and then to have others who are hearing about him for the first time," Leland said. "I was saying people will have to pull out their iPhone and look him up. That's really meaningful to me as well because it means his memory and his legacy really lives on."

Two portraits of Congressman Leland were also unveiled at Lubbock Roots Historical Arts Council.

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