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Burgess tribute planned Friday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. The memory of the late Susan Burgess will be honored Friday morning when local and national political and arts leaders gather to dedicate a monument at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

Ascendus, a 60-foot-tall statue at the entrance to the airport, is dedicated to Burgess, former member of the Charlotte City Council and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board. She died of cancer in June 2010.

The dedication ceremony will take place about a mile from the airport, at the Harris Conference Center on the CPCC West Campus, The event is at 10 a.m. and is open to the public, with parking available.

Among those taking part in the event are members of the Burgess family; Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx; Steve Kerrigan, CEO of the Democratic National Convention; Scott Provancher, president of the Arts & Science Council; and airport director Jerry Orr.

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