MSCS honors ‘Memphis 13′ with mural reveal

Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 4:56 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2022 at 6:53 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis-Shelby County Schools will honor more than a dozen trailblazers in the city’s history on Monday.

The “Memphis 13″ are 13 men and women who integrated Memphis City Schools more than six decades ago.

MSCS officials honored them with a mural reveal.

This event took place at one of the schools the Memphis 13 integrated back in 1961 -- Springdale Elementary.

The other three schools were Bruce, Gordon and Rozelle Elementary; all 13 entered the schools as first graders.

Monday’s event hosted community leaders, elected officials, clergy leaders and the Memphis 13, where murals were painted at all four schools.

“When we found out they were going to do murals for us, I really just started crying,” said Memphis 13 member Jacqueline Christion. “But I’m so excited… happy, you know? For them to recognize us after taking such a long time to do this… overjoyed!”

Attendees were able to meet the artist who painted the murals.

They also got a chance to see a documentary about the Memphis 13. The documentary reflects on the years following desegregation and honors the alumni who made history.

Just last year, the Memphis 13 were honored during a Tennessee House of Representatives floor session.

Three of 13 have passed away.

MSCS officials say it’s important to honor the remaining members and allow them to continue to share their story and journey with events like the mural reveal.

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