The Honorable Louis Stokes

Thousands of people from all over the United States came out to celebrate the life and legacy of one of Cleveland’s greatest iconic political leaders, public servant and champion, Congressman Louis Stokes who served as Ohio's first black congressman and a civil rights pioneer. 

A public viewing was held on Monday, August 24, 2015 in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall followed by an Appreciation of the Honorable Louis Stokes ceremony. On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, a Celebration of Life Service was held at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church followed by a street renaming of East 69th Street and Central Avenue as Louis and Carl B. Stokes Way.  

On behalf of the City of Cleveland and our great nation in mourning the loss of The Honorable Louis Stokes, one of the greatest public servants and men in history, Mayor Frank G. Jackson presented a letter of condolence to the family of Congressman Stokes.

The Honorable Louis Stokes letter of condolence 


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