Alomar Davenport

Mansfield 4th Ward City Council representative Alomar Davenport speaks during an April 19 council meeting. (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- Alomar Davenport has been outspoken in support of a new community center on the city's north side since the century-old Ocie Hill Neighborhood Center was closed in 2020.

That replacement -- an $8 million facility planned by the North End Community Improvement Collaborative -- moved another step forward Tuesday when the city administration announced plans to contribute $1.5 million toward the project.

Ocie Hill

Ocie Hill was the first Black resident to be elected to Mansfield City Council and the longest serving individual on council in the history of Mansfield, serving from 1961 to 1991.

Kimberly Moton

Kimberly Moton, who represents the city's 6th Ward, speaks during a City Council meeting on Tuesday evening.

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