Remembering Flint City Council Member & Community Activist Eric Mays


February 29, 2024

Eric Mays, a prominent Flint City Council member celebrated for his activism during the city’s water crisis, passed away at the age of 65.

According to the Associated Press, the announcement of his death was made by city officials late Saturday, although the cause of death was not disclosed. The loss has reverberated throughout Flint, a city that Mays served diligently.

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Flint Mayor, Sheldon Neeley, expressed the community’s grief, stating, “This is a tremendous loss for our community and a shock to all friends and family.” Neeley requested respect for the family’s privacy during this difficult time, urging community members to allow them the necessary space to mourn, while also extending prayers for solace.

First elected in 2013, Mays emerged as a vital figure during the Flint water crisis. Ten years ago, the city’s water crisis unfolded as water from the Flint River, inadequately treated, resulted in lead contamination. Mays, among the first elected officials, raised questions about the water’s quality and hosted a pivotal public meeting in 2015 where concerns about the water’s impact on health were voiced.

In an official statement, Flint city officials acknowledged Mays for his “bold and courageous service,” and City Hall’s flag was lowered to half-staff on Monday, February 26th in honor of his contributions. Eric Mays will be remembered for his dedication to addressing the challenges facing the Flint community, leaving an unforgettable mark on its history.

Cover photo: Remembering Flint City Council Member & Community Activist Eric Mays / Credit: Wikimedia Commons


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