A portion of Hopkins Street at West 53rd Street will now be known as Virginia Edwards-Maynor Way. The city of Savannah and the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System came together to honor the first African-American female superintendent for the District. Colleagues, classmates and community leaders braved the heat to celebrate Edwards-Maynor.
Tuesday’s street designation not only celebrated the work of Virginia Edwards-Maynor but also the legacy she hopes to leave behind.
Edwards-Maynor attended DeRenne Middle School starting as a 3rd grader. She began her career as a teacher, rose through the ranks to become principal at DeRenne Middle School’s original location in 1970. She was later named Executive Director of Middle and High Schools, Deputy Superintendent and ultimately Superintendent of Schools.
Several community leaders - including former Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett - and family members were on hand for the unveiling. Following the ceremony, Edwards-Maynor called the designation an honor saying it represents the work she’s done to advance education equality.
“It is a prestigious and momentous occasion, one that I never dreamed would happen. And it was quite a surprise when I was informed that I would have this street designation. This street holds a lot of history from my childhood throughout my adult life.”
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