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A bronze, 7½-foot sculpture honoring Helen Claytor was unveiled last night by the Peter Secchia family, Helen Claytor's family, Grand Rapids city officials and members of the Grand Rapids Community Legends Project.

The Grand Rapids Community Legends Project is exclusively funded and endowed by the Secchia Family Foundation. The sculpture is the sixth in a series of a planned 25 recognizing historical figures who have contributed to the city of Grand Rapids. The project was designed to encourage education and celebrate the legendary citizens of Grand Rapids.

Claytor became the first African American president of the YWCA chapter in Grand Rapids, then became the first African American president of the national YWCA in 1967. In 1984, she was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. Coretta Scott King said of Claytor that "she was an eloquent testament to the great things an individual can accomplish."

The location of the statue is at the Grand Rapids Community College Bostwick Plaza, which is directly across from Fountain St. Church.

Courtesy: Seyferth PR

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