Cranford Historical Society names high school library after Black educator

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Urban News Staff Reports

The Cranford High School library now bears the name of Dr. Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe, a Black educator who made an impact on the nation.

Wolfe was a graduate of Cranford High School and went on to earn her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She wanted to work at her alma mater, however, the high school discriminated against her at the time and would not hire her because she was Black.

After speaking with a mentor, Wolfe decided to go to Alabama and teach. She later served as the Educational Advisor for Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy.

"She was a pioneer who her left indelible mark on the world," said Cranford Superintendent Dr. Scott Rubin in one reports. "We're honored to celebrate her and what she stood for and in the high school she herself graduated. What a special way to commemorate her."

Cranford High Schools library is now called the "Dr. Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe Library and Learning Commons."

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