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Mural unveiled at Earlington Heights Elementary School honors black mother who brought children to all-white school – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) — A northwest Miami-Dade elementary school is now showing a defining moment in the county’s black history.

Community leaders honored Frances Johnson in a mural unveiled at the Earlington Heights elementary school on Saturday.

Johnson was one of the first black parents in Miami-Dade to place their children in an all-white school after desegregation in 1961.

Her only surviving son, Lorenzo Johnson, said the mural will serve as a daily reminder to students of the courage so many had as they fought for equality in that neighborhood and across the country.

“Some children don’t know where they come from. We always think there’s value in where you come from,” he said. “If you see the picture there, she’s standing up and walking in with her kids and I’m just so proud and happy that that’s happening for my mom today.”

The mural features Johnson above, with other members of her family below.

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