December 01st, 2023

richard mason proclamationMayor Connie Seigrist, right, joins Eartha Mason to show the proclamation declaring Saturday, June 16, as “Richard Mason Day” in Liberal. The proclamation stated, “Whereas: Richard Mason was the great grandson of a slave; and, Whereas: Richard Mason grew up in a time of segregation with limited opportunities on where he could attend school, where he could work and where he could buy a home because of the color of his skin; and, Whereas: Richard Mason found a home in Liberal after being recruited by an Affirmative Action Initiative to become a police officer; and, Whereas: Richard Mason earned the respect of the leadership he served; and, Whereas: Richard Mason continued to face racial obstacles and worked to overcome them by unifying his community through mutual understanding and respect; and, Whereas: Richard Mason’s efforts led to a community that has embraced its diversity and continues to follow down the path he started; Now, therefore, I, Connie L. Seigrist, Mayor of the City of Liberal, Kansas, do hereby proclaim Saturday, June 16 as RICHARD MASON DAY. L&T photo/Earl Watt