Xernona Clayton gets statue in Atlanta

Ambassador Young, Mayor Dickens, Chris Tucker among those attending
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The 8-foot bronze statue of Civil Rights and broadcast pioneer Xernona Clayton is located at the intersection of Xernona Clayton Way and Simpson Street in downtown Atlanta. Photo credit Maria Boynton/Audacy Atlanta

On this International Women's Day, the City of Atlanta is paying homage to a Civil Rights and broadcast pioneer with a statue. 92 year old Xernona Clayton, worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was the first Black woman in Atlanta media, and has worked many years as an executive with Turner Broadcasting.

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Among those in attendance at the Xernona Clayton statue unveiling front row seated left to right: Former GA Lt Gov Casey Cagle, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, project creators Mariela Romero and Rick Baker alongside honoree Xernona Clayton. Photo credit Maria Boynton/Audacy Atlanta

Clayton rounded out a long list of dignitaries that spoke of her many contributions ahead of the unveiling of an 8-foot bronze statue of her likeness.

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Xernona Clayton (middle) poses with sculpter Ed Dwight (l) and Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens (r) following the unveiling of her statue in Atlanta. Photo credit Joi Stokes/Getty Images

Following the statue unveiling, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens told Audacy Atlanta's Maria Boynton "It's a great day here in the A-T-L because of this statue unveiling of Xernona Clayton," going on to say, "I had the honor of being a part of it and I wanted to make sure that we saw it through."

Ambassador Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, Dr. Johnnetta Cole, CBS News Anchor Michelle Miller, and comedian/actor Chris Tucker were also in attendance.

The Xernona Clayton statue is located in Xernona Clayton Plaza, on Xernona Clayton Way in Atlanta.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Maria Boynton/Audacy Atlanta