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County Executive's Office


February 07, 2020
Lauren Kuhl, 608.283.1433
County Board

At their meeting on Thursday, the Dane County Board of Supervisors recognized February 2020 as Black History Month.  The resolution approved by the Board raises awareness and fosters respect for the heritage and contributions of people of African descent. 


Black History Month has been recognized in the United States annually since February 12, 1926. 


The resolution approved by the Board notes that both enslaved and free people of African descent have participated in every aspect of America’s effort to secure, protect, and advance the cause of freedom and civil rights and have stories that are an inspiration to all citizens. 


“I am honored to have been able to share this resolution with the Dane County Board.  We need to continue to shine a light on the contributions of people of African descent or African Americans,” said Supervisor Shelia Stubbs (District 23), who also serves as the Dane County’s first black lawmaker in the Wisconsin Legislature.


“This is not only a resolution recognizing those that have had a significant contribution – this is a resolution to recognize all people of African descent or African Americans” she continued.


Also at Thursday’s meeting, the Board approved a resolution to receive a $25,000 donation toward the development of an accessible fishing pier for Babcock County Park.


Babcock County Park, located in McFarland, is one of the most highly used county parks on the Madison chain of lakes.  Dane County Parks has been working with the Foundation for County Parks, Madison Fishing Expo, and Access Ability Wisconsin on preliminary planning for an accessible fishing pier, kayak landing, boat loading assistance station and parking improvements at the park.


“It is important that we make our County parks accessible and inclusive for all Dane County residents,” noted Analiese Eicher, County Board Chair (District 3) and Dane County Park Commission member.  “This generous donation will ensure Dane County can do our best to make the facility a location that everyone can use and enjoy”.