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Jackson street named in honor of first African-American JPS administrator

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson city street now bears the name of an important African-American educator.

What was once Lemon Street now will be called Amos Wright Drive in honor of the the first African-American administrator of Jackson Public Schools.

More than a dozen people gathered to celebrate the honor and participate in the ribbon cutting.

Wright's family said it's one way of keeping his memory alive.

"Having this street named after him is something I'm most proud of because I can share it with my boys and my great cousins, and we can pass it on throughout the generations," said Raina Anderson Lee, Wright's granddaughter. "This is the state of Mississippi. Education should always be first and foremost, and hopefully today will be a reminder of that."

Wright served as an educator with Jackson Public Schools for 23 years.

During that tenure, he held various positions, including the district's deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent for programs, and curriculum and staff development. Wright also established the first kindergarten class in JPS and was the first African American to be named to the board of directors for the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television.

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