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City council honor Witherspoon, Miglionico

This morning during Mayor Langford’s comments to the Birmingham City Council in council chambers, he asked for two of the city’s upcoming capital projects to be named for two women who had served the city on the council. It took the Birmingham City Council less than 3 minutes to unanimously approve resolutions for both naming opportunities.

They approved naming the planned Five Points West athletic facility slated for Fair Park in honor of Miriam Witherspoon, the council president pro-tempore who passed away unexpectedly last week, and the intermodal transit facility for Nina Miglionico, the first woman ever elected to serve on the Council. Langford then reported that Miglionico is currently in the hospital. Miglionico’s name had been suggested before, in 1999, but it was withdrawn and never voted upon.

City Councilor Miriam Witherspoon dies

witherspoon-91City flags fly at half-staff today as we learn that Miriam Witherspoon, Birmingham City Council President Pro Tempore, passed away last night. The first-term representative for Birmingham’s District 7 was 48. According to BhamWeekly’s Twitter profile, Birmingham City Council President Carole Smitherman confirmed the news in City Council chambers earlier this morning. 

The Birmingham News‘ breaking news blog has more details, with the city website’s bio and BhamWiki entry providing a glimpse of what she was able to accomplish.

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