DeKalb Friends of Washington Park pays tribute to Sadie Sims on September 25 – Decaturish

Greater Decatur, Georgia — The DeKalb County Friends of Washington Park will honor Sadie Sims and hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m. at Washington Park, 2830 Arborcrest Drive, Decatur.

The event will honor Sims’ life and his commitment to the Washington Park community. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners has approved a memorial plaque to be placed on a bench in the park, according to a news release.

Sims, also known as Mama Sadie, was born in 1915 and died in 2017. She was a pillar of the community in many ways and will always be a part of DeKalb County. In the early 1970s, Sims and her husband Jessie, along with their children, moved to the Washington Park area. She became a stay-at-home mom and community activist.

The Sims helped create Washington Park, which has become a community gem. Neighborhood families and children have referred to Sims as the “Mayor of Washington Park,” due to his love and commitment to his family, neighbors and community.

“Our mother was a phenomenal woman who raised, cared for and loved her eight children unconditionally,” said Doris Johnson, daughter of Sims. “But she didn’t stop at our home, she made sure that all the children in the neighborhood received the same love and care as hers. She was indeed “Mama Sadie”.

Family and friends in the Washington Park neighborhood will always remember The Sims as one of the community’s most influential leaders and contributors.

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