Tuesday, October 17, 2000

City Hall service for Berry Thursday

By Robert Anglen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati's first African-American mayor, who died Sunday, will be honored at a memorial ceremony Thursday at City Hall.

        Thousands are expected to file past a coffin draped with the city flag and pay last respects to 94-year-old civil rights champion Theodore M. Berry.

        The casket will lie in City Council chambers, which will be open to the public from 5 to 9 p.m.

        Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken will give a brief presentation at 5:15, followed by Masonic and fraternal ceremonies.

  • Ted Berry, Mr. Cincinnati
  • A lifetime of firsts
  • Street will bear his name
  • Milestones in Berry's life
        Mr. Berry, who died Sunday at a nursing home in Loveland, was prominent in Cincinnati politics for four decades.

        He was the first black assistant Hamilton County prosecutor before win
ning a seat on the City Council in 1949.

        Mr. Berry was on City Council through the 1950s and 1960s before serving as mayor from 1972 to 1975.

        This is the first time in almost 30 years that such a service will be held at City Hall. The last was for City Councilman Myron Bush, who died in office in 1971.

        A funeral service will be held for Mr. Berry at 11 a.m. Friday at Christ Church at Sycamore and Fourth streets Burial is private.


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