In honor of Black History Month, the City of South Bend today released a series of billboards around the community intended to enrich residents’ understanding of local African Americans who have contributed to South Bend’s history and culture. Each honoree will be recognized on three digital billboards located by the Linebacker Lounge, Ironwood Rd and State Road 23, and Lincolnway East through Sunday, March 4.

“South Bend has been shaped by the African American community throughout our history,” said Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “That legacy continues with today’s leaders. Their work guides South Bend as an inclusive community that helps all residents thrive.”

Mayor Buttigieg will conclude Black History Month with a reception for this year’s billboard honorees on Tuesday, February 27 at 4:00 p.m. at the Charles Martin Youth Center, 802 Lincolnway West. The event is free and open to the public.

The African American leaders being honored are Dr. Dé Bryant, Howard Buchanon, Preston Chaney, Craig Clark, Rose Clark, Jewell Davis, Howard Dukes, Rahman Johnson, Milton Lee, Sharon McBride, Imam Clarence Abdullah Nabaa, Julia Nabaa, Michael Poole, George Rogers, Anthony Scott Sr., Jessie Whitaker, Adeline Wigfall Jones, Kareemah Fowler, Jacob Hughes and Pastor Canneth Lee.