Former KC Mayor Honored With Ballroom Named After Her

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Plenty of former mayors of Kansas City, Missouri, have things named for them, and now the city’s first female mayor will have ballroom bearing her name.

The Kansas City Star reports that after a four-year search, the Grand Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center will be dedicated as the Kay Barnes Ballroom.

Barnes served from 1999 to 2007 and is widely credited with reviving downtown.

Some felt a street should have been named to honor Barnes, but she says she’s fine with a ballroom. A bronze sculpture by Kansas City artist Tom Corbin will sit outside the ballroom. The piece, called “Woman Walking Tall,” depicts a woman walking resolutely forward.

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