Historic Truman Courthouse rededicated

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- After four years of construction, Independence has its courthouse back. There was a re-dedication ceremony for the Historic Truman Courthouse Saturday.

The significance of the ceremony is it happened 80 years to the minute from when it was first dedicated by Harry Truman in 1933.

In 2009, the iconic building went under construction. The focus of the project was to maintain the same integrity and appearance as when Truman walked the halls.

"It's about time we had our courthouse back," said Independence native Rose Lang. She remembers her high school days when Truman was the presiding judge.

"Those years were the greatest," she said. "We would talk to him on the sidewalk. He would shake our hands."

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders helped lead Saturday's ceremony.

"I think it's really going to be something to draw tourism to Jackson County in a way we haven't seen in over a generation," he said. "It's really touched people in the local community that you normally don't see with projects like this."

Especially for people like Thelma Haralson. She says she was at the 1933 dedication ceremony. At that time, she was 14 years old.

"The main thing I can remember is everybody was dancing on the streets all the way around the square," she said.

The scene outside the courthouse was different Saturday, but the many of these people remain the same.

"I'm looking forward to them ringing the bell. We haven't heard that for ages," said Lang.

The courthouse will officially re-open to the public on September 16th.

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