Honoring a Legacy

By Jason Schwartz

DELRAY BEACH, FL – City officials recognized longtime resident and community activist Ida Elizabeth “Libby” Wesley on Thursday by unveiling a commemorative plaque in her honor at a public plaza.

More than 50 people attended the brief ceremony at the plaza on the corner of West Atlantic Avenue and Southwest Fifth Avenue.

Wesley 1In July 2012, the City Commission adopted a resolution to officially name it the “Ida Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Jackson Wesley Plaza”, in honor of the prominent retired Palm Beach County School District educator and co-founder of the Roots Cultural Festival, a celebration of black heritage.

Today, a commemorative plaque declares the square as such.

The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency originally developed the plaza as a result of the 2002 Downtown Master Plan. Since its 2010 completion, it has become a popular venue for community events and performances.

In July 2012, the City Commission adopted a resolution to officially name it the “Ida Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Jackson Wesley Plaza”, in honor of the prominent retired Palm Beach County School District educator and co-founder of the Roots Cultural Festival, a celebration of black heritage.

The city operates the plaza, which includes a covered stage, benches, a trellis and other landscaping features, as well as a colorful terrazzo and brick plaza area. A CRA-funded public art component was installed at the plaza in June 2012. The 12-foot-tall aluminum and glass sculpture, entitled “Endurance”, was designed by visual artist Cheryl Foster and incorporates imagery meant to portray the strength of Delray’s original African American settlers.

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