Dr. Hamilton E. Holmes has portrait dedicated in his honor

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CIS of Atlanta at Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School helped organize a ceremony honoring Dr. Hamilton E. Holmes with a portrait dedication.

Ms. Marilyn Holmes was in attendance to give the portrait of her husband to the school on behalf of the University of Georgia. Students shared their knowledge of Dr. Holmes' work and life through poems and songs. Poet Pamela Poole also shared a story of Dr. Holmes' life called "Once Upon a Time."

Dr. Holmes was an American orthopedic physician who was one of the first African-Americans to attend the University of Georgia. The Atlanta native was also the first African-American to attend Emory University School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. He has several landmarks named in his honor, including Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School, Hamilton E. Holmes Drive (Highway 280) in Fulton County; and the H.E. Holmes MARTA station in Atlanta. At the time of his death in 1995, Dr. Holmes was an orthopedic surgeon in Atlanta, associate dean and a member of the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine and chairman of the orthopedic unit at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

The elementary school also celebrated the kick off of Men's Mentor Monday by distinguishing male mentors from the Atlanta community with a certificate. Men's Mentor Mondays will continue the fourth Monday of the month.

Check out photos from the event below:

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