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City Of Houston Will Hold Event To Honor Barbara Bush On Thursday Night

The public is encouraged to wear pearls or the color blue as a tribute

Mayor Turner
Photo: Andrew Schneider | Houston Public Media
The Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner, who in this file photo appears at the main chamber of Houston’s City Hall, has announced the City will hold an event on Thursday night to honor former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Wednesday the City of Houston will hold an event on Thursday to honor former First Lady Barbara Bush which will include remarks by William Lawson, Founding Pastor of the Wheeler Baptist Church; Samuel Karff, Rabbi Emeritus of the Congregation Beth Israel; and Joseph Fiorenza, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

The event, which will take place at City Hall and is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m., will also feature performances by the Houston Children’s Chorus, interfaith prayers, a reading of a poem written for the occasion and other tributes.

Turner, who described Bush as a Houston “icon” and “treasure” during the customary media availability he holds after City Council meetings, noted that “very seldom in the partisan setting does someone go, rise so high and yet be respected and appreciated by people from all walks of life.”

A media alert from the Mayor's Office noted that the public is encouraged to wear pearls or the color blue as a tribute to Mrs. Bush.

The City is asking that all offerings of flowers, teddy bears or personal notes be taken to the Houston Central Public Library Barbara Bush Plaza, located at 500 McKinney Street.

Additionally, starting on Wednesday night the lights of City Hall will shine a light blue in memory of the former First Lady.

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