A portion of U.S. 64 in Muskogee will soon honor a former educator and city councilor.

U.S. 64, from West 23rd Street South extending north to the intersection with West Southside Boulevard will be known as the Councilwoman Avalon Reece Memorial Highway.

The honor is the result of House Bill 2311, authored by State Rep. Avery Frix (R-Muskogee). 

People who have lived in Muskogee for a lengthy amount of time know all about Reece. She served on the Muskogee City Council and was the first black councilwoman in Oklahoma. She served with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. She was active in civic and recreational groups. She spent 45 years with Muskogee Public Schools as an educator and a counselor. She and her sister established a scholarship at Langston University. Reece also was recognized for many years as the first and only female band director of any race at the high school level in Oklahoma for her time at Manual Training High School.

Reece could have lived anywhere but chose to live and embrace Muskogee, the city where she was born. We were so lucky to have her in our midst.

Reece was a no-nonsense kind of woman who had the ability to open doors for others by being a trailblazer. She left a legacy that will be nearly impossible to top.

She should always be remembered by Muskogee residents, and dedicating a portion of a local highway in her memory is a great idea.

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