City, Memorial Committee Members Gather for Memorial

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COLUMBIA - Friends and supporters gathered Tuesday at Douglass High School for the unveiling of the Beulah Ralph memorial. Ralph worked at Douglass High for 58 years. She is best known for helping families and schools through the transition of integration in the 1960s.

A committee to build the memorial took a year and raised about $10,000 dollars in donations for the honor. It is located outside Douglass High School near Providence Road.

Memorial Committee member Teresa Vandover said the memorial was designed around Ralph's impact on the community.

"We wanted to represent her conversational skill and her bridge building skills, and that she was a representative, truly, for all families..for all children," said VanDover.

The memorial was part of renovations done to the Douglass High School area. Vandover said the area has also been cleaned up, islands have been placed on the street for safer crossing, and an exercise course added near the memorial.

Vandover said the city and PedNet Coalition, which was also involved with the memorial, are in talks for a possible civil rights trail that would go through several city landmarks.