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Pearl High School Opens Archives To Public

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Martin Luther King Magnet has been making headlines in recent days.

Just this past weekend, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement speech at the school's graduation.

However, before the school was MLK Magnet, it was Pearl High, and it made history long before this year.

Pearl High graduated its first class in 1898, as one of Nashville's only schools for African Americans.

"A lot of rich history and have been excited and experiencing the good part of life," said Pearl High Archives Chairman Melvin Black.

A good life documented through pictures and memorabilia, all saved over the decades.

"Where we are now is the old dressing room for the basketball teams; boys on this side and girls on that side we had showers right along this wall and it's pretty wonderful," said Black.

They are old locker rooms converted into what organizers call one of the largest black school archives in the city, possibly the country.

"I think by the same token there will be standout students that walk through the same hall and are part of MLK historical Pearl High School," said Black.

The Pearl High Archives are open to the public, but only on request. Tuesday was just an open house.


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