Cooper Introduces Bill to Rename Metro Center Post Office for Senator Thelma Harper | Davidson County
WASHINGTON, DC (WSMV) – U.S. Representative Jim Cooper has introduced a bill to rename the United States Post Office located at 2245 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. in Nashville to honor late State Senator Thelma Harper, Cooper said Tuesday.
Cooper was joined by the entire Tennessee delegation to co-sponsor the bill in the US House of Representatives. Senator Marsha Blackburn and Senator Bill Hagerty also support the bill.
Harper was a highly regarded public servant, the first African-American woman to be elected to the Tennessee State Senate and the longest-serving state senator in Tennessee history. Sharon Hurt, Metro At-Large board member, helped Cooper lead the effort.
“Thelma was a friend who included me in her family. She was a mentor, a teacher, who taught me to persuade even the worst public enemies,” Cooper said in a press release. “She was a real one. official.”
“Throughout her life and career, Senator Thelma Harper has taught us to strive for excellence, bring truth to power through policy and unabashedly support the community,” Hurt said in a statement. Press release. “She has paved the way for so many of us, personally and professionally, while providing a true example of dedicated service. Honoring the life and achievements of my sorority sister by commemorating the Metro Center Post Office (her old neighborhood) is a fitting tribute to my former counselor and friend.
“I am filled with sincere gratitude to learn that the post office on Rosa Parks Boulevard will be renamed in honor of Mom,” said Linda Harper, daughter of the late senator. “Mom has worked tirelessly to help others and I see this as a symbolic tribute that will inspire future young leaders as well.”
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