On this day in 2005, community activist Arthur “Art” Minson passed away in Akron, Ohio at the age of 91.
Minson was born in 1914 in Fairmont, West Virginia but moved to Ohio when he was 5 years old.
He was an employee of Goodyear Tire for over 40 years, where he worked as a racing tire inspector. An official with the United Rubber Workers, he advocated for higher wages for the people of Akron, Ohio. The community, especially Akron’s East Side, was devastated by an increasing global economy.
Minson’s talent for bringing people together and advocating for change led him to spend his life involved in various community service causes. Particularly active within the church, Minson helped start a food pantry to feed the hungry. Additionally, he founded a project designed to educate those in the impoverished community.
Minson served as an adviser to the Millennium Children’s Fund. He was also a board member of Ohio Citizen Action and was active with East Akron Community House and National People’s Action. He played an instrumental role in establishing the East Akron Development Corporation.
The Akron community awarded Minson the Cliff Skeen Lifetime Achievement Award in May of 2002 in honor of the years of work he had put in advocating for his community. He was awarded the
Howard M. Metzenbaum Ohio Citizen Action Award as well.
Minson died on December 14, 2005 in a care facility in Akron, Ohio. In his honor, the Minson Apartments on Talbot Avenue, as well as a street, Minson Way, were named after him. A mural created by students was painted in downtown Akron to pay tribute to him as well.