Henry Cowherd Jr.: 1924-2017...A Wonderful Human Being

Editor's Note:

Visitation for Mr. Cowherd, Jr. will be held on Friday, July 21st at Main Baptist Church, 814 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

A service celebrating the life of Mr. Cowherd, Jr. will be held Saturday, July 22nd beginning with a visitation at 9:00 a.m. followed by the funeral at 10:00 a.m. at Aurora University Crimi Auditorium, 1347 Prairie Street, Aurora, IL. Burial will take place at River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia, IL.

In lieu of flowers, contribution can be made to the Aurora African American Heritage Advisory Board's Henry Cowherd Scholarship.

It is with a heavy heart that TMSG reports the passing of a true Aurora legend and great friend Mr. Henry Cowherd Jr. He will be missed by so many in the Aurora community. Take a moment to watch the video interview below done seven years ago of this remarkable man.

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin's Statement

on the Passing of Mr. Henry Cowherd

Today Aurora lost a stalwart community champion in Mr. Henry Cowherd. On behalf of the City of Aurora, it is with deep sadness that I extend condolences to his wife, Carolyn, the entire Cowherd family and the multitude of neighbors, friends and community supporters.

Since I was a child, I've looked up to this amazing man, and well into adulthood, his example and advice have helped to guide many of my personal and professional decisions. When he was elected as the first African-American to the East Aurora Board of Education, he opened doors for children yet unborn to make history as well. Without question, I wouldn't be able to serve as mayor of this fine city in the present had it not been for barriers that were broken by Mr. Henry Cowherd in the past.

In fact, he was not only a barrier breaker, he was also a bridge builder. For decades, Mr. Cowherd worked to bring people together and to form lifelong bonds. He loved Aurora and, of course, had a special place for East Aurora in his heart. He was a Tomcat tried and true, and we shared that bond of being alumni of East Aurora High School. Mr. Cowherd never let me forget where I came from and always reminded me how far I could go. I know many Aurorans share those same sentiments.

He leaves a rich legacy in Aurora, including his beloved namesake Henry Cowherd Middle School and the Henry Cowherd Scholarship provided to college-bound students each year. Most importantly, his legacy is intertwined in the countless lives he impacted during his 93 years of life.

We bid farewell to a local legend and thank him for making our community a better place. Godspeed, Mr. Henry Cowherd.

Click below to view the video interview of Mr. Henry Cowherd Jr.

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