Mayor Washington remembered during Black History Month

February 21, 2008 3:16:29 PM PST
Chicago's first African American mayor was honored at a South Side high school as part of Black History Month Thursday.

Cook County Clerk David Orr joined students at Harper High School to talk about the legacy of Harold Washington.

Orr served as the vice mayor under Washington and was interim mayor right after his death in 1987. He told the students about the mood of the city the day Washington died.

"Tens of thousands of people turned out to see his body that was laid out in city hall," said David Orr, Cook County Clerk. "So many people wanted see him police had to draw a line outside city hall because of people lined up to see his body."

Harold Washington's first term as mayor began in 1983. He was re-elected just 6 months before his death.