On April 3, 2018, my family and family friends attended a Sugar Land City Council meeting. On the agenda was a resolution to name the bridge over Cleveland Lake, by the Imperial Sugar Mill Char House, currently known as the Main Street bridge after my mother-in-law.
The bridge is now known as the Annette Williamson Wise bridge. To honor my mother-in-law this way has been a blessing for our family. A dedication is being planned for June 30, 2018 at 10:30 am.
You've probably seen the bridge when driving on Main Street in Old Sugar Land. The Imperial Market Development is adjacent to the bridge. If you haven't, why don't you take a drive out there to see it? You can park on First Street and take a short stroll over to the bridge and see her handiwork.
Annette started painting the murals on the bridge in 1986 for Sugar Land’s celebrations of the Texas sesquicentennial. She also led an effort to maintain the bridge in 2003 and again in 2008. The murals depict imagery that celebrates the city’s rich history.
Annette participated in many philanthropic efforts. Some of these efforts were:
1) Painted the murals on the bridge.
2) Designed a commemorative coin for Sugar Land's bicentennial celebration that is in the Smithsonian.
3) Painted fire hydrants of American historical figures throughout Sugar Land for the bicentennial celebration; one of which, Benjamin Franklin, was featured in a national magazine.
4) Art teacher for Sugar Land's seniors at the Senior Center until her passing in 2011.
The fact that over 200 residents signed a petition to name the bridge after my mother-in-law is a testament to the woman she was and we could not be more proud that her legacy will carry on long after we leave this earth.