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Trail named in honor of Rev. Abraham

Trail named in honor of Rev. Abraham

Trail named in honor of Rev. Abraham

The Rev. Julius Abraham, left, receiv...


The newest walking/biking trail in the City of Statesboro was officially named Tuesday in honor a longtime educator and preacher.

Through a proclamation passed by Statesboro City Council, a nearly 1,000-foot paved path that stretches from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to Church Street, in downtown's Luetta Moore Park, is now the Rev. Julius Abraham Trail.

Abraham, 80, is a South Carolina native who spent his entire professional life — more than 30 years — teaching Statesboro children in the Bulloch County school system, as well as ministering at several community churches.

"Rev. Julius Abraham is a devoted and beloved educator who contributed to the intellectual, moral and social development of the youth of this community through over 30 years of teaching in the classroom and through his years in educational administration," said Mayor Joe Brannen, reading from the proclamation approved by council. "Rev. Julius Abraham has made a positive and indelible mark on the civic welfare of this community, and, as such, the mayor and City Council find that Rev. Julius Abraham deserves the honor of this community."

The now-retired Abraham served as a teacher, vice principal and assistant principal of William James High School, principal of Portal Elementary School and vice principal of Statesboro High School during his time with the Bulloch County district.

He has worked in ministries at Jerusalem AME Church, the Mount Pisgah AME Church, and the Greater Bethel AME Church.

Abraham was on hand Tuesday for the reading of the proclamation — during a scheduled City Council meeting — and at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held later in the day at the trail.

"This is an honor. It lets me know, as I look back over the years, that I accomplished something," he said. "And it means everything to know that I've helped somebody along the way."

According to friends, family, and local officials who gathered to celebrate the trail dedication, there isn't a more appropriate namesake for the path.

"He did so many good things for our system and this community. This gentleman connected communities his entire life," Bulloch County Schools Superintendent Charles Wilson said. "He's a man who not only cares, but has the right stuff to make a difference. He is an important part of the history here."

Statesboro City Councilman Gary Lewis, who championed the effort to name the trail for Abraham, called the him "my hero."

He joked: "Mr. Abraham, you made it possible for me to understand that D's and F's did not stand for ‘Doing Fine.' You did everything in your power to let me know that they meant I would be ‘Done For.'"

Following the dedication ceremony, Abraham and guests walked the newly named track.

A marker displaying the trail name has been located on the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive end of the path.

Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.

 

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