UTICA, N.Y. – Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri declared Feb. 12 Thea Bowman House Day in Utica on Wednesday, in honor of the Black History Month.
A brief ceremony was held, with a speech by Palmieri and a performance by children at the Desales Center on Genesee Street in Utica.
"The City of Utica, the reputation of inclusion and diversity is very much part of the same value system that Thea Bowman's life work was -- strived and promoted. Thea Bowman, as well as Utica's Thea Bowman's House, share the desire to provide a safe nurturing environment to enable culturally diverse children and families to achieve their full potentials," said Palmieri.
Bowman was born the granddaughter of a slave, and daughter of a country doctor. She earned a PhD. in English literature and dedicated much of her life to educating children from all backgrounds.
She passed away in 1990 from bone cancer. The Thea Bowman House was established in her honor to provide services to more than 300 children and families in the area.