Echo’s From the Past _lowres

The original publication from 1972 reads: For the first time in the history of St. Helena, woman are serving on the St. Helena School Board. They will serve with four men, representing the six reapportioned districts. Receiving their oath of office are left to right: Mrs. Elsie Johnson from the fourth district, and Mrs. Eunice P. Reed from the second district. They have pledged to serve to the best of their abilities to give public school children a better education. Mrs. Johnson is a graduate of Woodland High School, a member of Hillsdale Baptist Church, and the Montpelier-Pine Garden and Civic Club. She is the wife of the Rev. Carl L. Johnson, mother of Bobby Johnson, John Johnson and Mynette Johnson. Mrs. Reed is the wife of Clarence H. Reed, mother of Deidre Reed, Clarence Reed Jr., Henry Reed, Bertrand Reed and Cecile Reed. Mrs. Reed is a graduate of Jefferson Davis High School, Grambling College, University of California, and has done further study at Louisiana State University. She is a member of Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church, and holds active memberships in many educational, social, civic, and fraternal orginizations. She is listed in 'Personalities of the South' and 'Who's Who of American Woman' for 1972-73. The four men that these women will serve with are George Lee, Carl Stone, Claude Sharkey and Lee Travis.

Each week, we’ll take a look back at photos published in The Echo. The feature photo for this week’s Echo’s From the Past is from the Nov. 8, 1972, edition of the St. Helena Echo.