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Morton Center to be renamed after the late Sonya Margerum

The West Lafayette City Council is renaming the Morton Center after the late Sonya Margerum.

Posted: Nov 6, 2019 8:21 PM
Updated: Nov 6, 2019 8:25 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The West Lafayette City Council is renaming the Morton Center after the late Sonya Margerum. 

She served as mayor of West Lafayette for 24 years and as we previously reported, she passed away on Sunday, Nov. 3rd. 

Mayor Dennis told News 18 he asked Margerum for her permission to rename the Morton Center when he visited her in the hospital.

He said she got emotional when he asked, but was all for it.

Dennis also asked the family if it was okay.

The Morton Center is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It use to be a school until the 1980's, when it was turned into a community center. It was originally named after former Indiana Governor Oliver Morton. He served during the American Civil War.

Dennis said this is the least the city council can do for a mayor who did incredible work for the city.

"Sonya Margerum is West Lafayette," said Dennis. "It did not matter if she was or was not mayor. It is an honor that is long overdue."

The Morton Center currently is under construction and as we reported, it will be finished in 2020. 

There is no exact name yet for the building and no date for the dedication has been set.

News 18 will keep you covered when that information becomes available. 

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