(PHOTOS) Decatur’s Beacon Municipal Center is dedicatedMayor Emerita Elizabeth Wilson explained how the city changed the name Herring Street to West Trinity Place. Beacon Elementary and Trinity High replaced Herring Street School until integration of the Decatur School System was completed in 1967. Current Mayor Jim Baskett surprised Wilson, unveiling a banner with the new name of the open grassy lawn: Herring-Trinity Terrace. Mayor Baskett said a plaque will replace the banner. Photo by Dena Mellick
By Dena Mellick, Associate editor
It was a gorgeous day Saturday for the dedication of Decatur’s new Beacon Municipal Center at 420 West Trinity Place. Three buildings are part of the complex: the Decatur Police Department and Municipal Court, the City Schools of Decatur Administrative Offices, and the Ebster Recreation Center. The area was once the heart of Decatur’s African-American community, called the Beacon Community. Special care was taken to remember and honor that heritage during the dedication and through a special exhibit that is on display in the Ebster Recreation Center.
After a brief dedication ceremony led by Decatur city officials, attendees toured the new buildings which overlook a grassy terrace. Lead architect Andrew Rutledge of Rutledge Alcock Architects of Decatur said working on the project was a “dream.” Take a look at the new center and some of the scenes from the dedication.