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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities statement on the passing of Marion Barry

Monday, November 24, 2014

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) extends its condolences to the family and friends of DC Councilmember and former mayor Marion Barry, who passed away early in the morning of November 23, 2014.

“Marion Barry was a fixture of Washington, DC politics for decades,” said Edmund Fleet, Chair of DCCAH. “As mayor and as a member of the council, he had a significant impact on the growth of the arts in this city.”

“Marion Barry was a professed lover of the arts and humanities,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of DCCAH. “Many people are not aware that he was one of the original authors of the legislation that established the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.  He knew the value of the arts in improving the quality of life for District residents and visitors. The arts community is grateful for his years of leadership and support of arts and culture.”