ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Alice Coachman Elementary hosted a Black History Month program Wednesday.
Yolonda Jordan, Sandra Russell Mansfield’s daughter who was the youngest Leesburg Stockade Girl, reflected back on her mother’s life before the event at the Dougherty County elementary school.
“I am here to live her story through me so that I can spread the word because she wanted her story out to everyone and it has been fifty-five years,” Jordan said. “She was locked up at the age of twelve, stayed in jail for sixty days in the Lee County stockade. The impact that it has was it was horrible conditions that they had to live in, in Lee County. Their mothers and fathers did not know where they were."
Principal Melissa Brubaker said having the Black History Month program was important.
“It is important that we highlight black history for our students and community, and our nation," Brubaker said. “It is our history and it is important that we continue to remember that and continue to learn from that.”
Brubaker said making sure that all her students know their history has a great impact on them.
“Our students may be elementary, but they are able to grasp concepts that we think are beyond them in a way that will surprise us," the principal added.
Jordan said being able to speak to all the students at Wednesday’s event meant so much to her.
“We have come a long way and we want the children to realize that we all are one," Jordan said. "We love each other, we should love each other, put God first, education is most of all first on the agenda. My mother always told us she did it because we can go to school together, we can live together in harmony.”