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Thomas Gilcrease

A Tulsa Public Schools committee got it right with its recommendation that a newly merged elementary school be named after Dr. John Hope Franklin — a scholar, role model and local hero.

The school will combine prekindergarten through fifth grade students who formerly attended ECDC/Bunche and Gilcrease elementaries. The school will be located at the former home of Bunche near 56th Street North and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Tukufu Zuberi, a noted educator, award-winning documentarian and star of the PBS series “History Detectives,” will be in Tulsa this weekend to take part in the opening of an exhibit drawn from his personal collection.

Over the next year or so, six governmental entities will figure out how to form a partnership and gather all funding available for the project — estimated to be about two-thirds of the total cost. The final third will be sought from a private investor and will be repaid first out of the tolls.

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