Mural Created in Honor of Area Civil Rights Activist

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DECATUR – His life’s work inspired and comforted a community. Horace G. Livingston's life was honored Saturday at Mueller Park where a renowned sculptor unveiled a masterpiece in honor of the late Mr. Livingston.

Mr. Livingston Jr. was the publisher of the area’s only African American newspaper: "The Voice". Among distributing the weekly publication, he also led the local civil rights movement through his work.

Family and friends gathered for the designated Horace G. Livingston day on August 8.

Assistant City Manager Billy Tyus said, "He was an example of how to run a small business. He was an example of how to advocate for things that you want in your community, and he was an example of how sometimes things are going to get tough, but you don’t back down, and you don’t back away if what you're doing is for the right reason."

Livingston fathered eight children, but he was a father figure to many more in the Decatur and surrounding communities. His legacy is not forgotten.

His son Dr. Mitchell Livingston said, "He protected us from the pains of poverty. He filled us with love. He gave us a capacity to never allow anyone to be a stranger."

Preston Jackson created the silicon bronze mural for Mr. Livingston which is now hanging on the recently named Horace G. Livingston's Pavilion at Mueller Park.

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