Portland School Named For Maine's First African-American Legislator

Sep 1, 2020

PORTLAND, Maine - An elementary school in Maine's largest city has been named for the state's first African-American legislator.

The former Riverton School formally became the Gerald E. Talbot Community School during a ceremony on Monday.

Talbot, who attended the event, said he was humbled by the honor. He talked to students about the value of education, and urged all people to help others to show that "we all matter."

Talbot is an educator, veteran and civil rights activist, serving as the founding president of Portland's NAACP branch.