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Monument honors former all-black high school in Pike County

SUMMIT, Miss. (AP) — A former all-black high school in Mississippi is being commemorated with a brick-and-granite monument.

People who attended Booker T. Washington High School recently gathered in Summit to remember their alma mater.

After integration in 1969, Booker T. Washington was folded into the North Pike School District. The campus is now North Pike Middle School, and that’s where the monument stands.

The current North Pike superintendent, Dennis Penton, told alumni that the monument marks a place “that is near and dear to your hearts.”

After the monument was unveiled, former students talked about the classes they took and the activities they shared. Ethel Martin, the school’s last homecoming queen, recalled taking pictures on campus when she was crowned.