Jackson County to build Freedom Memorial Wall

Posted: Jul 20, 2014 1:47 PM by The Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jackson County officials are planning a memorial wall to honor people who contributed to the county's success, with an emphasis on black leaders.

If the plan becomes reality, the Freedom Memorial Wall would include 1,000 names. It would be erected in a park honoring Leon Jordan, an important black civil rights leader who was murdered in July 1970.

The Kansas City Star reports the Jackson County Legislature in June approved the creation of a commission to begin selecting names to go on the wall. Other details, such as costs and a timeline for the project, have not been determined.

James Tindall, who proposed the idea before resigning from the county legislature in June, says the goal is to have the commission pick 100 names each year for 10 years.

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