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Roots Historical Arts Council breaks ground on Mickey Leland Plaza

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Roots Historical Arts Council broke ground on the Mickey Leland Plaza Friday. The plaza is an East Lubbock gateway project meant to help develop that part of the city.

Leland was a congressman and social activist born in Lubbock. He died in 1989 in a plane crash while on a humanitarian trip to Ethiopia. 

Roots Board Member Cosby Morton says the monument will highlight Leland's fight against poverty and inequality while simultaneously kick-starting the revitalization of East Lubbock.  

"There were stores. There were beauticians. There was a hotel on the corner. You had a dentist. You had a boot maker. Everything was inclusive," Morton said. "We want to, not only bring it back and revitalize it, but we want to introduce people to the history. A lot of people don't understand the history of the black in Lubbock, but also the history of the contributions of the blacks or citizens to the Lubbock city."

Last year Roots helped install a plaque in Booker T. Washington Park memorializing Lubbock as Leland's birthplace. 

Now, the Memorial Plaza is just one piece of an overall project which will cover nearly five acres of land on the north and south side of 19th Street near Ave. A.


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