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On January 23, 2023, Mayor Levar M. Stoney and the Richmond City Council extended their recognition, admiration, and celebration to Bettie Elizabeth Boyers Cooper. Commending her groundbreaking initiatives, they acknowledged her role in facilitating the integration of  the Richmond City Public Schools, Westhampton Junior High School and Thomas Jefferson High School. Ms. Cooper, alongside her daughter Daisy Jane Cooper, was also lauded by the Council and Mayor for their noteworthy contributions to the progressive narrative arc of our city, bringing benefits to all its residents.

Jane Cooper Johnson and family standing with Richmond's Mayor and City Council as the Proclamation is presented on January 23, 2023.




By Jane C. Johnson

"Good evening President Jones, members of Richmond City Council & Mayor Stoney. My name is Jane Cooper Johnson, daughter of the honoree, Bettie Elizabeth Boyers Cooper. With me are my daughters, Kelly Johnson-Crowder, Julie Moore & Lori Smith & my grandson Kendall Scott, a senior at Thomas Jefferson. Thank you for recognizing my mother for her role in the desegregation of Richmond City Public Schools. While I am proud of her achievement, I also am proud that she remained humble, poised & a pillar of strength for me and others until her demise. Therefore, it is with heartfelt gratitude that I humbly accept this proclamation on her behalf."


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