James Weldon Johnson unveils new mural honoring civil rights activist, Black National Anthem


Feb. 12, 2020 – Tuesday evening, dozens gathered at James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School to celebrate the unveiling of a new school mural honoring the iconic civil rights leader who serves as the school’s namesake.

The complete mural includes a portrait of Johnson as well as the lyrics to “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” the black national anthem penned by the Jacksonville native 120 years ago.

“Now this mural will forever serve as a monumental piece and connecting him (James Weldon Johnson) with a song and connecting him with his hometown,” said Principal Tamara Feagins.

The mural was painted by artist, Annette Pledger.

“We’re really excited because we knew that the anniversary was coming and we really wanted to find a meaningful way to pay homage to our legacy,” said sixth-grade teacher, Alexandrea Knoll.  “So once we found out that an artist was going to come in and really highlight his accomplishments and the song lyrics on the wall we were elated.”

Team Duval News was there as the school community celebrated the unveiling of the mural.


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