GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A statue honoring Grand Rapids' first African-American mayor Lyman Parks was unveiled Wednesday afternoon.
The seven-and-a-half-foot bronze sculpture is outside City Hall. It's the fifth in a series of 25 provided by the Grand Rapids Community Legends Project, which is funded by the Secchia Family Foundation.
Parks was the city's first African-American city commissioner -- serving the third ward -- and was chosen by other commissioners to serve as mayor pro tem starting in 1971 to fill a vacancy.
He was elected mayor in 1973 after defeating 10 other candidates.
Fred Glespie was found not guilty in the death of three children who died in an apartment fire.
Police are looking for the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred at a gas station in Plainwell Thursday night.
The rink will be open that day from 3-9 p.m.