Eliot Battle shows awards

February 22, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST
Eliot Battle stands next to a few of the many plaques that he and his wife have been awarded for their years of service in the Columbia community. Battle was the only one of about 120 faculty members who transferred to Hickman High School to help with the integration of students from Douglass. "Integration wasn't too difficult me because I'd been so active in the community, and it wasn't anything new," Battle said.

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