HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Folks gathered in Twickenham Square Friday morning to honor two leaders in African American education.
The Arts Council, Huntsville Housing Authority and the City of Huntsville dedicated a public art installation to Dr. William Hooper Councill and Dr. Sonnie Hereford.
Dr. Sonnie Hereford III, said it's an honor to be included in a dedication alongside Dr. William Hooper Councill. He said it's amazing to see how far Huntsville has come, but says there's still a lot of work that needs to be done.
It was an art dedication that's been three years in the making.
"I want to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who worked to make this possible," Dr. Hereford III said.
The artwork sits in Twickenham Square, an area that use to look very different.
"When I used to walk to school here in my first few years, this was a slum," Dr. Hereford III said. "And then later on after I finished school, it was a housing project."
Marguertie Russell grew up on the street and for her, it was emotional seeing this part of the city in a new light.
"It has really changed," Russell said. "And I think it changed for the better. It brings tears to your eyes just to see the difference now."
Dr. Hereford has proudly watched the city and state evolve.
"I think we've come a long way," Dr. Hereford III said.
But he knows there's still a long way to go.
"I've been disappointed with the progress of the race relations and I'm hoping that's going to improve," Dr. Hereford III said.
But for today, Dr. Hereford is enjoying the moment.
"It's really an honor for me and my family," he said.
If you want to see the art work, you can't miss it! It's right in Twikenham Square across from Publix.
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