- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago Public Library is planning to commemorate the legacy of late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington.

The planned event will be held April 14 at the central library, which is named after Washington. It’s a longstanding event billed as a way to celebrate Washington’s contributions to Chicago and the city’s history.

Washington was mayor of Chicago in the mid-1980s. He’s remembered for a cultural plan that included a renovation of Navy Pier and the city’s downtown theater district.

In 1987 he called for a design and build competition for the new central library in the downtown business district. The City Council authorized a $144 million bond issue to pay for the project. He died later that year.

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