Geraldine Hammond grew up in New Orleans. She obtained her teacher certification in Louisiana, and in 1955 she moved to Oregon where she began teaching a few years later. Geraldine served as a teacher, and in 1976 she became Salem’s first African-American principal. She also coordinated the district’s multicultural programs. The Salem-Keizer school district honored Geraldine in 2001 when the new Hammond Elementary School opened its doors. Geraldine is now retired and living in Salem.
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