TULSA, Okla. — A memorial honoring the first principal of Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa finally went on display Friday.
Ellis Walker Woods was the first principal of Booker T. Washington High School after walking 500 miles from Memphis to Oklahoma to answer the call for more black teachers in the area.
In addition to his work as principal, Woods is credited with working with the American Red Cross in opening the high school to shelter children during the 1921 Race Massacre.
He served as the principal from 1913 until 1948 and helped push for the opening of the current site of the high school in the 1950s.
The memorial is located on campus near Archer and Greenwood Avenue -- the original site of the high school.
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