October 15 officially “Arthur Bea Day”

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A lady of many firsts in Wichita Falls received a very big honor on Tuesday.

Arthur “Bea” Williams was the first female African-American city councilor in Wichita Falls, the first African-American Justice of the Peace and the first African-American female mayor of Wichita Falls. Tuesday, she became the fifth Legend of North Texas an honor presented by the Museum of North Texas History.

“I appreciate all that Wichita Falls has done for me and the least I could have done was to pay back,” Williams said. “Thank you.”

Also, at the city council meeting, Mayor Stephen Santellana proclaimed Oct. 15 as Arthur “Bea” Williams Day.

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