Former Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton recognized with bronze bust
A bronze bust honoring former Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton is on display at Minneapolis City Hall. Sayles Belton, who served two terms as mayor from 1994-2001, was the City’s first woman and first African-American mayor.
Sayles Belton grew up in the Twin Cities, graduated from Minneapolis Central High School and attended Macalester College. She was elected to the Minneapolis City Council from Ward 8 in 1983 and served as council president from 1990-1993 before running for mayor later that year.
A volunteer group of former colleagues, community leaders and friends have worked since 2016 to privately raise $100,000 to offset the costs of the bronze bust and related installation expenses. The former mayor is also vice president of community relations and government affairs at Thomson Reuters.
Denver-based sculptor Ed Dwight created the bronze bust of Sayles Belton, which was unveiled at a ceremony May 16. Her bust sits outside the City Council office alongside busts of former Council Members Van White and Brian Coyle.
Published May 31, 2017