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Bertha Smith, First Black Teacher in Minneapolis School District, Remembered as Pioneer and Role Model
Date: May 2nd, 2014 9:30am


Ecumen Communications

Bertha Smith, the first black teacher in the Minneapolis School District, is being remembered by local leaders as an extraordinary educator, tireless volunteer and dedicated community advocate. Smith, a resident at Ecumen Prairie Lodge, passed away on Friday, April 18, at the age of 94. Our condolences to Bertha's family, friends and all those who were influenced by her.

Ecumen is honored to share Bertha's story, as told in this Star Tribune obituary, "Bertha Smith Broke Down Barriers in Minneapolis Schools."

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Bertha Smith sang beautifully

Bertha Smith sang beautifully during sign along and other social activities with other residents. Her beautiful voice will be missed. Bertha you were a beautiful women in wevery way, rest in perfect peace.