Family and Friends Remember Evelyn Mitchell, the First Black Principal of Colquitt County, Georgia

Evelyn Mitchell.
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As the first black principal and administrator for Colquitt County Board of Education, Evelyn Mitchell worked as the principal of Vereen Elementary School and then the director of gifted education of Vereen. Her school was the first school in Colquitt County to have a Pre-K program, which was started through her.

Mitchell died Aug. 22 at the age of 73. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mother Easter Baptist Church.

“She was very generous and giving,” said daughter Senja Dawson. “She went above and beyond the calling of being a principal: if there was something going on with the students, she would go and help them. She was very involved.”

Mitchell’s love of teaching took her to Sarasota, Fla., where she taught science at MacIntosh Junior High School and Venice High School in Venice, Fla.  After earning her M.A. Degree in Administration Supervision from La Verne University in La Verne, Calif., she returned to her hometown of Moultrie to become the principal of Vereen.

Mitchell was involved in the community outside of her work. She was a member of numerous organizations such as the Women’s Federated Club, which helped to make improvements to the community through volunteer service, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and Queen Esther Chapter #67 Order of the Eastern Star, and the Evelyn Kendrick Circle, which is through her church, Mother Easter Baptist Church.

“She was very involved in her church and the surrounding areas from Colquitt as well,” said Dawson. “She was big on public speaking and loved to sing, and she loved to cook and be around her family.”

Her coworkers also remember her as a bright and compassionate individual.

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SOURCE: Thomasville Times-Enterprise, Savannah Donald