Photo Credit/Courtesy: David Valdez, Library of Congress
Starting tonight, Houston’s City Hall will be lit up in blue in honor of former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away Tuesday. With many Houstonians wishing to express their condolences to former President George H.W. Bush and family, the City of Houston asks flowers, teddy bears and personal notes be taken to the Houston Central Public Library Barbara Bush Plaza located at 500 McKinney Street.
The public also is encouraged to wear pearls or the color blue as a tribute to the former First Lady.
During her lifetime, Mrs. Bush advocated literacy in Houston and across the nation. The Houston Public Library and the City, with her blessing, visualized a Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza at the Central Library in downtown Houston. Mayor Sylvester Turner reaffirmed the city’s commitment to the project.
Photo Courtesy: Houston Public Library, City of Houston
“We knew the space between the Julia Ideson Building and the Central Library needed to be vibrant and inspiring. It was in envisioning this enriching space for people of all ages, that we thought of Mrs. Bush and asked to name it in her honor. I cannot think of anyone who is more deserving of this honor,” Mayor Sylvester Turner stated in a news release.
Houstonians are invited to the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza to share their memories of the First Lady. The library’s Houston Metropolitan Research Center will preserve them in a memory book, posters and through recordings. The tribute is available through Monday, April 30.
Thursday, April 19th at 6 p.m. at Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby— Houston Mayor Turner, city leaders and guests will celebrate the life and legacy of Barbara Bush. The uplifting multi-faith celebration with tributes and prayers include messages from William Lawson, Founding Pastor, Wheeler Baptist Church, Samuel Karff, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Beth Israel, and Joseph Fiorenza, Archbishop and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The Houston Children’s Chorus also will perform.
Friday, April 20, Noon to Midnight, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston The general public may pay their respects to Mrs. Bush as she lies in repose at the church.
Important: everyone must first go to the Second Baptist Church campus at 6400 Woodway Drive to park and go through security. Please enter the parking lots using Voss Road. Metro is providing shuttles to transport citizens, including those with disabilities, to and from St. Martin’s. The parking lot at Second Baptist will open at 10 a.m. Shuttles from Second Baptist will start running at 11:30 a.m.
You may not drive or walk up to St. Martin’s. Large, over-sized purses and bags are not permitted. Out of respect for Mrs. Bush and her family, please turn off all cellular devices and refrain from taking photos.
Saturday, April 21
The funeral service for Mrs. Bush is by invitation only. You may not drive or walk up to St. Martin’s Church.
For more information, visit http://www.barbarapbush.com