City celebrates 25th anniversary of downtown drinking fountain

Updated: 07/30/2014 5:17 PM
Created: 07/30/2014 3:38 PM WHEC.com

It is a major milestone for a very special drinking fountain in downtown Rochester.

On Wednesday, the city celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Miss Jane Pittman Public Drinking Fountain at the Liberty Pole Plaza. The event was made even more special by making today “Midge Thomas Day”.

Thomas came up with the idea of a free public drinking fountain when in 1987 she needed a drink of water in order to take her medication and was charged for it.

Thomas said, “We want this drinking fountain to be more meaningful than having a drink of water. It talks about the history of this country, of America.”

The fountain has been serving people in downtown Rochester from all walks of life since 1989. The Freddie Thomas Foundation “We Care” Committee chose the name of the fountain after the autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman written by Ernest Gaines.

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