George W. Ford Jr., took his place alongside Rev. Primus E. King and Dr. Thomas H. Brewer Sr. Saturday afternoon during a ceremony where he was remembered as small in stature but big in heart.
Ford, who died October 29, 2008, was inducted into "The Garden of Dreams" at Evergreen Memorial Park in Columbus during the ceremony, highlighted by the unveiling of a memorial bearing his likeness.
"George Ford was a giant of a man though small in stature," said Rep. Calvin Smyre(D-Columbus), one of several speakers at the 2pm ceremony.
Dr. Robert Wright described Ford as a pioneer, businessman and visionary who made a difference in people's lives.
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"We need to thank God for the life of this great man,"Wright said, "He lived and he died, but in between, he made a difference in my life and in the lives of many other people."
The memorial reads "George W. Ford, Jr.'s unsuccessful bids for a Muscogee County Commission in 1964 and 1968 paved the way for local Black Americans to become successful elected officials for local, state, and federal governments. As President of the local NAACP from 1971 through 1973, Mr. Ford created a good communication environment between Black and White citizens of Columbus, Georgia. He was instrumental in the founding of the local Urban League."
The event was presented by Evergreen Memorial Park and Project Victory.