The central office occupies the site where the Herring Street School stood from 1913 to the early 1950s, followed by the Beacon Elementary and Trinity High Schools. All three were black-only schools. Wilson moved to the Beacon Hill section of Decatur as an 18-year-old in 1949, and became mayor nearly a half century later. Wilson, who still lives in South Decatur, was also instrumental in desegregating Decatur’s school system. Her late son Richard Wilson was Decatur High’s first African American athlete on the 1965-66 basketball team.
Courtney Burnett, CSD’s Director of Community and Government Relations, said that a dedication ceremony is planned for sometime in early 2019 when the weather warms up.