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The John Cooper School honors Black History Month with Exhibit, Reception, and Unveiling of Artifacts

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On the evening of February 7, students, faculty, staff, and parents joined together at The John Cooper School to honor Black History Month during the School’s annual Black History Exhibit and Reception.

View photos from the reception on the Hello Woodlands Facebook page:

Head of School, Dr. Stephen Popp opened the event with comments about history and the importance of historical perspective and lessons learned. Several students presented including Emily Sanni-Thomas ’33, Adeolu Awe ’31, Tobi Longe ’28, Joyce Williams ’29, Adam Frison ’23, Sabrina Spraggins ’23, and alumni Chelsea Wade ’04.

Watch the video of the reception below and here:

There was also a special presentation of delicate artifacts by the Gardner Family called “The Josephine Project.” Josephine Griffin Jones, born in 1907 and great-great-grandmother to first grader Emerson Josephine Gardner, migrated from Tennessee to Chicago in 1929 with one brown leather suitcase and two small daughters. Years later, this same suitcase became the home to hundreds of hand-written prayers, affirmations and prophecies concerning African Americans. The project is on display from the Gardner Family, who have passed down these treasures for five generations.

The Josephine Project The John Cooper School
Photos courtesy of The John Cooper School

Source: The John Cooper School