Public Sculpture in Grand Rapids

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Rev. Lyman Parks

Artist: Antonio Tobias Mendez
Medium: Bronze
Provenance: One of a series of 25 bronze sculptures donated to the City by the Community Legends Project funded and endowed by Peter Secchia.
Location: In front of City Hall, 300 Monroe Ave. NW

Rev. Lyman S. Parks (1917 – November 4, 2009) was the mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1971 to 1976. He was the first African-American to serve in the position. He was also the first African-American elected to the Grand Rapids City Commission in 1968. For more information about his life and career see

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