Black History Month Banner Program Honoree: Mildred T. Wilkerson

Mildred T. Wilkerson, the third of seven children, was born to Andrew and Margaret (Molly) Thomas in August 1931, in Laurel Hill, Florida.

Mildred gave her life to Christ at an early age and for sixty years acted as a faithful member of the Red Bay Church of Christ. She served on many women’s programs, Christian Retreats, taught Lady’s Bible Classes and serviced on numerous committees.

Mildred graduated from Tivoli High School and received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida. She taught elementary and middle school in the Walton School District for 36 years. In 1968, she was the first African American teacher to integrate Maude Saunders Elementary School.

Mildred spent her career doing what she loved – working with children. It was rewarding for her to see them grow, form and develop. She wish the best education for all children. She was a true champion of education.

Mildred won numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career for outstanding work. Some of her notable contributions to the Walton County community include: – The first black person to be elected (3 times) and serve on the Walton County School Board, this win did not come easy, because she had run unsuccessfully in 1998 but pressed on in service to Walton County. – Honored by the DeFuniak Springs’ Woman’s Club as the sixth “Woman of Light”, this honor recognizes local women who, through their personal contributions, have made positive differences in the community. A recognition marble plaque is placed along the sidewalk on Circle Drive. – Walton County Chamber of Commerce recognition for Outstanding Community Involvement.

Mrs. Wilkerson paced in February 2020.

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