Vel Phillips


Podcast | Making Wisconsin: The Legacy of Vel Phillips

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Vel Phillips -- known as a civil rights pioneer and woman of many firsts -- is becoming a ubiquitous name in Madison. Officials voted to erect a Vel Phillips statue outside of the Capitol Building at the beginning of November, a monumental move that comes alongside another recognition. The Madison Board of Education voted Monday to rename James Madison Memorial High School after Phillips.

MMSD board votes to rename Memorial High School for Vel Phillips

MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Metropolitan School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to rename James Madison Memorial High School in honor of Vel Phillips. The vote came after months of discussion. The name change is set to take effect at the beginning of the next school year.

Weekend Roundup: Statue of Vel Phillips approved for state Capitol

Vel Phillips, Wisconsin’s first Black secretary of state, will be honored with a statue on the state’s Capitol grounds. The Capitol and Executive Residence Board voted unanimously Monday to erect the statue of Phillips. Phillips, who died in 2018, broke a number of gender and race barriers throughout her career.
Badger Herald

Statue honoring Vel Phillips to be constructed at State Capitol by 2023

A Wisconsin State Board voted Monday to approve the construction of a statue of prominent civil rights activist, judge and University of Wisconsin alumnus Vel Phillips. The statue will be the first Capitol monument honoring a Black woman in the United States, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. In an...