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John P. "Duke" Franklin looks at the sign after the City Council Building was officially named after his father, John P. Franklin Sr., on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn. A longtime educator, principal and city school board member, Franklin Sr. made history in 1971 by becoming the only African American to be elected in a citywide vote to the old Chattanooga City Commission. He died in June at the age of 96. For more on Franklin's legacy, visit https://bit.ly/2RC2sgD.

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John P. Franklin

The Chattanooga City Council building was named in honor of John P. Franklin on Tuesday, June 25. 

A longtime educator, principal and city school board member, Franklin made history in 1971 by becoming the only African American to be elected in a citywide vote to the old Chattanooga City Commission.

He died in June at the age of 96.

For more on Franklin's legacy, visit https://bit.ly/2RC2sgD.

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