MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The city of Miami honored Black pioneer Alexander C. Lightbourne at a commission meeting Thursday.
Lightbourne was one of the signers of the charter that incorporated Miami as a city on July 28, 1896.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Daniella Mayor Levine Cava: 'Countywide Curfew Could Be Lifted By April 5th'
And Lightbourne’s great-great-great-granddaughter, Allison Lightbourne Jones, was there to accept the proclamation.READ MORE: CBS4 Photojournalist Rafael Murciano Is Quite 'The Entertainer' With His Musical Talents
“It’s very important, I think, for African American families, children, generations to learn about their history,” she said. “We all contribute to this country, one way or the other. We all make some type of contribution to the development of this country.”
Lightbourne was a Bahamian immigrant who came to the United States in 1866.MORE NEWS: Dolphin Legend & Humanitarian Nat Moore Honored With Mural In Overtown
He lived in different parts of the state, including Tallahassee and Jacksonville.