PS 9 renamed after first African-American principal in NYC

Posted: Updated:
PROSPECT HEIGHTS -

P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights was renamed Monday after the first African-American principal in New York City.

Descendants of Sarah Smith Garnet were honored by the school Monday, and received a portrait of the former principal.

Garnet’s family says she was a suffragette, and the school’s name change comes ahead of the 100th anniversary that the 19th Amendment was passed, giving women the right to vote.

The school was formerly named after Teunis G. Bergen, a Brooklyn politician who the school says supported slavery and spent many decades making it harder for African-Americans and women to vote.

MORE:School to change name in honor of 1st African-American female principal in NYC 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."