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Reunion Prom

Story and photography by Eric Lusk

It has been 100 years since the first class attended Bradley Academy, the historic Rutherford County school for African American students. To celebrate the 100th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the school’s Class of 1968, graduates of Bradley and Holloway High Schools kicked off a fun-filled all-class reunion with a true “senior” prom.

Held at Embassy Suites Murfreesboro, the young-at-heart prom-goers were dressed to the nines. Long-lost friends reunited, new friendships were made and the crowd danced the night away to music provided by the Mosaic Rhythm band.

Bradley Academy was built in 1806 as the first school for education of white males only. In 1884, African American students, males and females, were allowed to attend school. The current structure on South Academy Street was built in 1917 and opened as the new school for African American students in 1918. Today, Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center houses an original classroom, a Civil War exhibit, and an Early Settlers for the City of Murfreesboro and the County of Rutherford exhibit.

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