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City of Tacoma to Honor Mayor Emeritus Harold G. Moss

City of Tacoma to Honor Mayor Emeritus Harold G. Moss


September 26, 2019



Melanie Harding, Office of Mayor Victoria Woodards, melanie.harding@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5156


City of Tacoma to Honor Mayor Emeritus Harold G. Moss

--Tacoma’s First African-American Mayor and Council Member Known for Civil Rights and Civic Service Contributions-- 

Tacoma, Wash. – On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, the Tacoma City Council will consider a resolution to rename the the 34th Street Bridge, spanning SR 7 between East B Street and East D Street, as the “Harold G. Moss Bridge” so that the lights on that bridge may stand as a shining monument to the numerous ways that Tacoma is brighter today due to the leadership and countless contributions of Mayor Emeritus Harold G. Moss. 

Pending City Council approval, there will be two opportunities for the public to take part in this recognition of Tacoma’s first African-American mayor and council member: 

  • Tacoma City Council Meeting – Tuesday, October 1 at 5 PM
    Consideration of a resolution officially naming the 34th Street span over SR 7 as the “Harold G. Moss Bridge” on the occasion of Mayor Emeritus Moss’ 90th birthday. 
  • “Harold G. Moss” Bridge Dedication – Saturday, October 5 at 11 AM
    The community is invited to a dedication ceremony hosted on the west side of the bridge (near Stanley and Seafort’s), unveiling temporary signage which carries the bridge’s new name.

“For more than six decades, Mayor Harold G. Moss has been a tremendous leader in civil rights and civic service,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “His many accomplishments included his leadership in lighting the 34th Street Bridge. It is only fitting that this bridge carries his name, serves as a testament to the impacts of his work, and inspires others to lives of service and civic engagement.” 

In his many years with the City of Tacoma, Mayor Emeritus Moss served in a broad range of leadership roles, including the Association of Washington Cities Executive Board; the Law Enforcement Support Agency Board; the National League of Cities; the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners; the Public Safety Committee; the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health; the SR 509 Executive Committee; the Puyallup Indian Settlement Implementation Assistance Committee; the Tacoma-Pierce County Commission on Children, Youth and their Families; and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

Mayor Emeritus Moss also made history in his lifetime of service by being the first African-American member of the Pierce County Council. 

In addition to the projects and legislation that he carried out in his elected leadership roles, Mayor Emeritus Moss made countless contributions to the community including helping to found the Tacoma Urban League and securing key funding for its Urban Services Center. He was also a founding member of the Black Collective, and his life of dedication to civic engagement through volunteer service has long reflected the key mission of that organization. In all of his roles, he provided mentorship and support to a number of developing leaders across the region, and he continues to engage and inspire a living legacy of those dedicated to public service, civic engagement and volunteering.

More information about the City of Tacoma is available at cityoftacoma.org.