QUICK LINKS:

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.





News10NBC/WHEC-TV welcomes your opinion and interaction on our website, but please remember to keep it clean. If you're advertising for another business, being profane, vulgar or slanderous your post will be deleted. By commenting on this website, you agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they posted.

Flood Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Erie; Wyoming
Expires: 11/25/2014 1:24 AM

Flood Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Erie; Wyoming
Expires: 11/25/2014 3:42 AM

Flood Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Erie; Genesee
Expires: 11/26/2014 1:36 AM

Flood Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Cattaraugus; Chautauqua; Erie; Genesee; Wyoming
Expires: 11/24/2014 4:15 PM

High Wind Warning

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Genesee; Monroe; Niagara; Northern Erie; Orleans; Wyoming
Expires: 11/25/2014 4:00 AM

Wind Advisory

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Allegany; Cattaraugus; Livingston; Northern Cayuga; Ontario; Wayne
Expires: 11/25/2014 4:00 AM

Rochester

Broken Clouds
49°
52° | 34°
  • Feels like: 44° F
  • Wind: SE 12mph
  • Humidity: 59%
  • Mon Windy with times of sun and clouds
    64° | 42°
  • Tue Mostly cloudy and windy
    42° | 35°
  • Wed Afternoon snow showers
    39° | 29°
  • Thu Snow showers
    37° | 24°