The benches were donated by Georgia Lumpkin in remembrance of her husband, Ted Lumpkin, one of the Tuskegee Airmen, the famed fighter group who broke the U.S. Air Force’s color barrier during World War ll. He died from COVID on December 26, 2020, just four days short of turning 101.
Georgia’s friends and neighbors, including Court 12 buddy Carol Walker, joined Georgia and her son, daughter, and grandson as they walked the Green to see the benches. “I’m so glad those benches are finally going in,” said Georgia. “Ted and I used to walk from Court 12 to the jazz concerts carrying all those chairs and picnic meals, and we would talk about how there ought to be a place to rest between the West Green and the Main Green.”
She thanked Court Council chair Nat Hutton, VG treasurer Claire Knowlton, Board president Laura Civiello, and Maintenance Supervisor Darwin Ruiz for their help in bringing these benches to their destinations.