Officials in a south Florida city will fulfill today to talk about a claim submitted by the city’s very first Black female firemen, after her image was changed with a white face in a mural implied to honor regional history.
Latosha Clemons, a previous deputy fire chief of Boynton Beach, submitted the suit in April, implicating the city of disparagement and carelessness.
” Being portrayed as white was not just an incorrect discussion of Clemons, it was likewise a representation which entirely disrespected all that the very first female Black firemen for the city had actually achieved,” the problem stated.
In the mural, a representation of retired fire chief Glenn Joseph, who is Black, was likewise changed with a picture of a white face.
The mural was eliminated the day after it was revealed in June in 2015. The city supervisor fired the general public arts supervisor and benched the fire chief, who then resigned.
The previous arts supervisor, Debby Coles-Dobay, informed press reporters she was “forced” to make the modification.
The Boynton Beach city supervisor, Lori LaVerriere, informed CNN the city commission would satisfy independently today to talk about Clemons’ claim.
Clemons was born in Boynton Beach and ended up being the city’s very first Black female firemen in1996 She worked as deputy fire chief for 3 years prior to retiring in 2020.
In June, she informed press reporters that when she saw the image: “I was harmed, I was dissatisfied and after that I was annoyed.”
Clemons has actually asked for a jury trial and is looking for more than $100,000 in damages, according to the Palm Beach Post.