Letter To the Editor: Schools should be teaching history, not destroying it
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 02:31
Published on Friday, 07 February 2014 02:31
Written by Georgia Sen. Emanuel Jones
Late last year, I was made aware of the dire situation surrounding Smith-Barnes Elementary School in Henry County.
In October, Superintendent of
Henry County Schools Ethan Hildreth made his recommendation to remove the current students from Smith-Barnes in order to place Patrick Henry Academy, an alternative school, at the historic elementary school. This proposal sparked outrage from the 403 Forbidden
community and myself. This storied school is a nationally recognized School of Excellence with a diverse student body and a reputation for being one of the best schools in Henry County. As with most things, a closer inspection revealed startling findings that jeopardize the preservation of a truly unique landmark in African-American and Georgia’s history.
To better understand the significance of Smith-Barnes and its impact on our community, it is important to