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Hattie Cotton School

Hattie Cotton School

Stephen MacKenzie

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About the book...
On September 9, 1957, six-year-old Patricia Watson became the first black child to attend Hattie Cotton Elementary School, as a result of the court-mandated desegregation of Nashville public schools. Just after midnight the school was bombed, likely by the KKK supremacists protesting integration.

Hattie Cotton School was published to memorialize the horrific event and honor Principal Margaret Cate and all those who helped guide students, faculty, and the surrounding community through the devastation and the difficult period that followed. 

A poignant reminder of the anger and malice between whites and blacks during the 1950’s. The personal knowledge of one who was there lends itself to a solid understanding of who, why, and how they survived and prospered.

About the author…
This author Stephen MacKenzie, husband of MaryAnne MacKenzie whose story, from all those years ago, inspired him to write this book. 

Now retired, Stephen was an English teacher and department chair at Somersworth High School, Somersworth, NH, with a Master of Arts, Literature from the University of New Hampshire. He is also a former newspaper columnist, and serves as Director of Music at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Dover, NH. 

The story was as seen through the eyes of MaryAnne (Bruce) MacKenzie, the last living faculty member from the 1957/58 school year

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  • Great reviews and recognition...
    ★ A telling review of a tragic incident that changed Nashville’s history for the better.

    ★ Story told by last surviving teacher at Hattie Cotton School

    ★ Complete with three dozen photos documenting the day.

    ★ A must read for educators, public administrators, and community leaders.

    ★ A story every citizen must read!

    ★ Needs to be in every school and public library.

  • Specifications
    The last teacher’s first-hand experiences of the 1957 bombing and aftermath…

    ISBN: 978-1-933725-85-7
    224 pages 6"x9"
    Soft cover printed black and white
    Contains 38 photographs
    Suggested retail price: $24.95