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First African-American employee of Binghamton honored with plaque

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- In 1966, Major Barnett Senior became the first black employee of the City of Binghamton.

Friday afternoon Barnett's hard work and determination was celebrated.

The community came together to unveil a plaque in Barnett's honor.

Barnett worked for the Parks and Recreation department in Columbus Park for 19 years.

He kept the park clean and up-to-date until he retired in 1985.

At the ceremony, city officials and family members praised Barnett for being a good man.

His son, Major Barnett Jr., spoke only positive words about his father.

He said his father was a humble man who wouldn't want all the attention.

"He wouldn't want this tribute to be handed to him," said Barnett Jr. "He probably wouldn't want you as I said to say that he was a good man and stood for good."

The memorial space for Barnett Sr. was put together by employees from Parks and Recreational Services.

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