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Leon County honors former commissioner Anita Davis

Leon County honors Former Commissioner Anita Davis
Leon County honors Former Commissioner Anita Davis
Posted at 7:22 AM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 17:01:40-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County's first black female commissioner is being honored for her work during her time as county commissioner.

Wednesday morning, the county unveiled new signage and welcome in the Anita L. Davis Preserve at Lake Henrietta Park.

Davis was first elected to the commission in 1990.

The commission decided unanimously to honor Davis, a legacy that is especially important to some on the board. 

"We got to recognize the history. We also got to recognize the fact that without people like Anita Davis, we wouldn't be able to, I wouldn't be able to sit here before you as Leon County Chairman," said Nick Maddox, Leon County Commission Chairman. "She is a trailblazer, blazing trails for people that look like me and people that will come after who look like me. I'm proud to be a part of a commission that she once sat on and she once chaired herself."  

Davis's work included bringing a library to the southside, another health department location, and restoring Lake Henrietta.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County's first black female commissioner's is being honored Wednesday morning for her work during her time as a commissioner.

WTXL's Jada Williams was live Wednesday to tell how the county is solidifying her place in our local history.

The county is honoring former Commissioner Anita Davis by dedicating a lake and park in her honor.

The county will unveil the new signage and welcome in the Anita L. Davis Preserve at Lake Henrietta Park.

Davis was first elected to the Commission in 1990.

Her work included bringing a library to the Southside, another health department location, and restoring Lake Henrietta.

The commission decided unanimously to honor Davis, a legacy that is especially important to some on the board.

"We have got to recognize the history," said Nick Maddox, the Leon County Commission Chairman "We also have to recognize the fact that without people like Anita Davis, we wouldn't be able to, I wouldn't be able to sit here before you as Leon County Chairman.

"She is a trailblazer, blazing trails for people that look like me and people that will come after who look like me. I'm proud to be a part of a Commission that she once sat on and she once chaired herself."

The dedication ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

It starts at Lake Henrietta Park. That's just off of Springhill Road.