Street to be Dedicated to First Black Woman Member of Oklahoma City Council | New


Part of South Main Street will be dedicated to Avalon Reece, the first female member of Oklahoma City Council and the first black female member of the Muskogee City Council, on October 10 in a ceremony honoring her many achievements.

Reece was a distinguished educator in the Muskogee public school system for 45 years and was recognized as the first and only female group leader for much of that time. In addition to her educational accomplishments, she was elected a member of the Muskogee City Council in 1972, making her the first black female member of the Oklahoma State Council. In 1980, she was appointed to the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education and helped establish a scholarship program for prospective teachers at Langston University. Reece has received numerous local and national accolades and has been active in many professional, civic and community organizations. She was a member of Muskogee City Council for a total of nine years.

His legacy will be honored at a 2:30 pm ceremony in the parking lot of St. Mark’s Baptist Church, 1020 S. Second St., where part of Main Street South will be posthumously dedicated to him.

Dedication Ceremony Information: Deputy Mayor Derrick Reed, (918) 235-7596.

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