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March 1, 2013

JACKIE DAVIS: Recognizing the lives of extraordinary people

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Recently, I had the pleasure of watching a portrayal of Mrs. Eliza Moselle, wife of Aaron Moselle, one of Lockport’s unsung heroes of black history. Ms. Brenda Reeves is a member of the Niagara County Historical Society “Step Back in Time Players.” She told the captivating story of how Moselle, a successful Black businessman, supplied the bricks for a school being built across the street from his home in 1868. 

When the school was completed in 1871, his 3 children were sent home and told they would have to attend the Negro school several miles away. Mr. Moselle fought for the rights of his children for five years, appealing to the Lockport School Board. Permission for the Moselle children was granted in 1876, thus integrating Lockport schools 80 years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that desegregated American schools.

There is now an appeal before the Lockport School Board to acknowledge the role of Aaron Moselle, in civil rights and educational equality, by renaming the North Park school in honor of him. I sincerely hope this appeal is granted. I believe it is important to recognize the accomplishments of extraordinary people. Their lives inspire us to live better, dream deeper and reach higher life goals.

Jackie Davis is an Inspirational Vocalist, Musician and Speaker with over 20 years of TV broadcast experience. Her column appears on the first, third and fifth Friday of the month. You can contact her at jjd.22344@yahoo.com.

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