Vauxhall renamed Shirley Chisholm Primary

Vauxhall Primary School at Vauxhall, Christ Church, was renamed The Shirley Chisholm Primary School in an official ceremony on Tuesday.

Chisholm, who was born in Brooklyn, received part of her early education at the school. She would go on to become the first black woman elected to the United States House of Representatives and the first woman to run for the presidency of the United States.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, Minister of Education Kay McConney and other officials from the ministry headed the list of dignitaries attending the morning ceremony.

In addition to the renaming, there is the specially designed Shirley Chisholm Memorial Garden, a bust of Chisholm, a unique two-sided mural depicting aspects of her life and a plaque commemorating the occasion.

The idea for the renaming Vauxhall Primary was put forward by former student and former resident of Vauxhall, Chad Blackman, who was Barbados’ Ambassador to the United Nations and is now senior advisor to the director general of the International Labour Organisation.  (Nation News)

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