Council Honored at Street Renaming Ceremony

| August 2, 2015

Valdosta Government

VALDOSTA — A longtime Valdosta educator was honored Saturday as Crowder Street was renamed for Ruth K. Council.

An appreciative crowd gathered in front of Council’s home for the ceremony.  The event, led by Valdosta mayor John Gayle, included city officials, family members and friends.

“We don’t just name streets after folks every day in Valdosta. Mrs. Council has been a unique individually in this community. She’s educated so many of our children and every one of them respects her so much,” Gayle noted in his remarks to the assembled, reported by WCTV.

Council was honored for a life’s work of service to the community.  She has received numerous awards in education, was the first female African-American to serve on the Valdosta City Council (in 1974), and led initiatives as part of many local organizations.



“To me it means home is first and more importantly it means to me a place where you can make a difference and that’s what I tried to do and that’s what I will continue to do,” said Council in the WCTV report.

A reception was also held at the Council home.

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