Yesterday, Mayor Coleman announced that Saint Paul’s Central Library will be renamed the George Latimer Central Library, in honor of the former Mayor and Saint Paul advocate. The renaming will be formalized by the Saint Paul City Council later in May.George Latimer served as Saint Paul’s Mayor from 1976 until 1990, during some of the city’s most transformative years, and his accomplishments are many. He launched the Family Housing Fund, which preserves and expands affordable housing in Saint Paul. He prioritized sustainability in Saint Paul, improving the city’s infrastructure and playing a crucial role in the creation of District Energy. And he championed early childhood education long before its importance was widely recognized.
After his three terms as Mayor, George remained committed to the people of Saint Paul, serving as a special adviser to then-President Clinton’s Housing and Urban Development secretary, and became CEO of the National Equity Fund – an organization that provides affordable housing to those in need.All of Saint Paul has benefitted from George’s tireless work, and it is only fitting that one of our most beautiful and historic buildings, committed to the education and enrichment of our residents, bear his name
A new plaque designating the renaming will be unveiled at an event on June 10, 2014 at Central Library from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The Friends of the Saint Paul Library will also announce a fundraising campaign in Latimer’s honor designated to support library programming in Saint Paul.