CULTURAL HISTORY: City Commissioner Phillip Walker’s idea for an African American cultural history center in Lakeland morphed into a center representing multiple cultural histories once his fellow commissioners discussed it Friday. Justin Troller’s motion to have the city staff explore locations for a center representing multiple ethnicities passed 4-2, with Walker and Stephanie Madden dissenting. (Mayor Bill Mutz was absent.) Said Madden about Walker: “I feel like we’ve hijacked his heart and what he brought up.”
ALSO: View a presentation by city staff showing some other African American history centers and one alternative for Lakeland.

NEW HOSPITAL WING: A coming-out party Saturday for the soon-to-open Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children at Lakeland Regional Health drew hundreds of people. Based on a photo gallery, it looks like many of them were parents or expectant parents.

Source: The Ledger

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