James E. Harrison Park Dedication

James E. Harrison stands in front of his military plane.

Mayor Adam Paul and City Council invite you to a park dedication on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. in honor of the extraordinary contributions of James E. Harrison. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. 

On June 10, Council approved renaming S. Simms Street Park the James E. Harrison Park to honor the former Tuskegee Airman for his years of service to the Lakewood community.  A new park sign and memorial plaque will be installed prior to the dedication event. 

Watch Council's Approval

About James E. Harrison

Beginning in the mid-1960s, Harrison joined the Glennon Heights Homeowners Association until his death in 2010. As a board member, he was instrumental in getting the neighborhood’s streets paved. He worked on Lakewood’s incorporation in 1969. He also served as a longtime neighborhood block captain for the Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Program. Harrison was a U.S. veteran, serving with the Tuskegee Airmen. 

About the Tuskegee Airmen

"In spite of adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans have played a significant role in U.S. military history over the past 300 years. They were denied military leadership roles and skilled training because many believed they lacked qualifications for combat duty. Before 1940, African-Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. Civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure that resulted in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen." — tuskegeeairmen.org 


  • Monday, August 26, 2019 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


James E. Harrison Park, 544 S. Simms Street,  80226  View Map

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