(Kansas City, Kan.) Lamonte McIntyre, recently freed after spending more than 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, will turn on the lights Friday during the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting festival in front of City Hall. Earlier in the event, Unified Government officials will unveil a new street sign honoring former Mayor Carol Marinovich.
“It is fitting that we honor Mayor Marinovich with this sign given the breadth of her contributions,” said Mark Holland, Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. “Twenty years ago, she led the effort to consolidate our city and county governments, ushering in a new era of good government and unprecedented economic development.”
McIntyre, Mayor Holland said, is an inspiration and model of perseverance in the face of adversity. “I cannot begin to imagine what it was like for Mr. McIntyre to lose more than two decades of his life for a crime he did not commit,” Mayor Holland said. “Inviting him to turn on the lights is our way, however small relative to what he has endured, of welcoming Mr. McIntyre back to our community. We are very grateful and honored that he has accepted this invitation.”
What: Annual lighting festival to kick off the holidays and celebrate our community with family-friendly activities, performances, snacks, and crafts.
When: Friday, Dec. 1, 4:00 to 7:30 pm
4:30 pm: Mayor Marinovich sign unveiled at 7th Street and Barnett Ave.
7:15 pm: Lamonte McIntyre turns on the lights
Where: Kansas City, Kansas City Hall Plaza, 701 N. 7th Street