Called to the principal’s house: Museum honors Pompano Beach educational pioneer Blanche Ely | Photos

The ribbon took three cuts from a pair of giant scissors, but once it was opened hundreds of people cheered and lined up to tour the inside of Pompano Beach’s newest museum inside the historic former home of well-known educators and activists Blanche and Joseph Ely.

Among the attendees were residents, Blanche Ely High School alumni, city and school officials, marching band members, dancers and the school’s JROTC team. They gathered for the grand reopening of the Blanche Ely Educational Museum at 1500 NW Sixth Ave., which serves as a way to honor the life and work of the couple.

Derek Davis is a consultant with Davis Kuumba Arts and a curator of the museum.

“The first thing about Ms. Ely that shows how special she was is that they had the school named after her while she was a sitting principal,” he said.

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