Groundbreaking area judge newly honored with park rededication at fairgrounds

Family members of the late Judge Arthur O. Fisher attended a rededication ceremony for the Jefferson Twp. park named after Fisher. NATHAN DAVIS / STAFF
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Family members of the late Judge Arthur O. Fisher attended a rededication ceremony for the Jefferson Twp. park named after Fisher. NATHAN DAVIS / STAFF

While the new Montgomery County Fairgrounds and Event Center might be the main attraction now at Arthur O. Fisher Park in Jefferson Twp., Montgomery County aims to keep alive the historic legacy of the park and memory of its namesake.

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On Friday, state, county and township officials along with family members of Fisher rededicated the park and unveiled a memorial to the Tuskegee Airman, first black hired in the county’s prosecutor’s office and longtime juvenile court judge.

Fisher retired in 1994 and died in 2002 at age 82 while living in Hilton Head, S.C.

“We are so happy that they chose Arthur O. Fisher Park (for the fairgrounds), but we also don’t want to lose what Arthur Fisher park stood for and why we named it that,” said Montgomery County Commission President Debbie Lieberman this week. “Judge Fisher really was the father of our incredible juvenile court system that we have in Montgomery Count. So we definitely want to honor his legacy.”

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Fisher’s three daughters — Teri Trotter, Shellee Fisher and Tracy Singletary — helped unveil a plaque that lists some of their father’s groundbreaking achievements.

Landon O’Neil Singletary said Friday’s event was special for Fisher’s descendants and the memory of his grandfather.

“It’s hard to believe that after he’s been gone for 18 years, that so many people still remember his name,” Singletary said. “It just means a lot to my family.”

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The memorial consists of a path that leads to a resting spot near the park’s lake where a large boulder holds the plaque. A new website, www.arthurofisher.org, has also been developed by Jefferson Twp. trustees and others in the community to highlight Fisher’s life.