Thursday, January 20, 2011

School Named After Black Journalist Dedicated

A Nashville school celebrated a big milestone Thursday. Robert Churchwell Magnet School, formerly Wharton Elementary School, was officially dedicated during a ceremony.Named after Robert Churchwell Jr., the school is Nashville's first museum magnet school that serves students pre-K through fifth grade.Churchwell was the first black journalist to work at a prominent southern newspaper, the now-defunct Nashville Banner.His son was at Thursday's ceremony and said his father would be proud."I was just thinking how he would love to be here," said Andre Churchwell.Several school officials and Mayor Karl Dean spoke at the ceremony, and all the students were in attendance. They also unveiled a portrait of Churchwell that will hang in the school's hallway.

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