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Johnson City’s beloved physician and teacher Hezekiah B. Hankal is believed to be the first black man certified to teach in Tennessee public schools. His 1873 teaching certificate is signed by Henderson Presnell, first superintendent of Washington County schools

Johnson City’s beloved physician and teacher Hezekiah B. Hankal is believed to be the first black man certified to teach in Tennessee public schools. His 1873 teaching certificate is signed by Henderson Presnell, first superintendent of Washington County schools