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For Immediate Release:
February 17, 2012

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Karla Damian


Miami-Dade Transit renames Metromover station to honor the County's first African-American Judge


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
During a special ceremony on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, Miami-Dade County officials will rename the Arena/State Plaza Metromover station the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Station in honor of the late judge.

In 1976, Judge Ferguson became the first African-American to serve as a judge in the Dade County Circuit Court. Upon his appointment to the Third District Court of Appeal in 1980, Judge Ferguson became the first African-American to serve on that court.

"By renaming one of our Metromover stations after Judge Ferguson, we honor a remarkable public servant whose landmark rulings helped improve the quality of life for thousands of Florida residents," said Miami-Dade Transit Director Ysela Llort.

Judge Ferguson served on the Third District Court of Appeal until 1993, when former President Bill Clinton nominated him to serve as a United States District Court Judge. Judge Ferguson served as a federal judge until his passing in 2003.

The Metromover station that will be renamed in Judge Ferguson's honor is located within Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson's District 3, which also includes the Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre Metrorail station.

The Resolution (#599-11) to rename the Metromover station was co-sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioners Bruno A. Barreiro, District 5, and Barbara J. Jordan, District 1. The Resolution was adopted unanimously on July 19, 2011.

Who: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez
Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Joe A. Martinez
Members of the Board of Miami-Dade County Commissioners
Other elected officials
Ferguson family members

What:Renaming of Arena/State Plaza Metromover station to Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Metromover Station

When: February 22, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

Where:Arena/State Plaza Metromover Station
NW Fifth Street and First Avenue, in downtown Miami, FL

Why: To honor the County’s first African-American Judge


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