Atlanta Civic Leaders Pay Tribute to the Memory of City’s Jewish Educator

Educational and civic leaders participated in an elaborate memorial tribute paid here today to the late Mrs. Annie T. Wise, widely-known educator and former principal of the Atlanta Commercial High School. The occasion marked the first birthday anniversary of the beloved woman since her death last May and was held in the First Christian church auditorium, which was filled to capacity with friends and students of Atlanta schools.

Dr. Willis A. Sutton, superintendent of the Atlanta public schools; Miss Jessie Muse, principal of Girls’ High School; Walter Rich, president of Rich’s, Inc., large department store; and Dr. David Marx, rabbi of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation, spoke at the memorial exercises, which were concluded with placing of a wreath of flowers on the large framed photograph of Mrs. Wise by Miss Frances Whitworth, president of the student body. Following the exercises a wreath was placed on the grave of Mrs. Wise in presence of the deceased’s family.

A half-holiday of the Commercial High School was declared for the occasion. Resolutions paying tribute to the former school head were adopted by the Atlanta Board of Education and read at the memorial exercises by Superintendent Sutton, who later delivered an address on the life and work of Mrs. Wise. Rabbi Marx spoke on her devotion to her religion, while Mr. Rich related the economic value to the community of Mrs. Wise’s work in Commercial High School, which was founded on her inspiration.

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