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Students document local history

POSTED: March 28, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Tyrus Council interviews Harold Woods.

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Fourth and fifth grade students at Waldo Pafford Elementary School interviewed Hinesville's African-American trailblazers during Black History Month.
Hinesville's first black mayor, Jim Thomas, was interviewed by fifth grader Remy Clark. Lily Baker, Liberty County's first black chairwoman of the school board, was interviewed by fifth grader Teana Morganfield.
Waldo Pafford Principal Dorothy Cottom was the first black female principal in Liberty County. She was interviewed by fourth grader Parris Willis.
Hinesville Fire Department's first black captain, Andra Hart, was interviewed by fourth grader Raena Gradford.
Harold Woods, one of the first black deputies for the Liberty County Sheriff's Department, was interviewed by fourth grader Tyrus Council.
The interviews were initiated by fourth grade teachers Nicole Carter and Kesha Lee, who felt students should appreciate the African-Americans who are making a difference in our community.

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