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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Crossville Elementary School closed in 2004 leaving behind an unappreciated art legacy.

In the Spring of 2004 Crossville Elementary School was closing and most of the teachers were moving to Brown Elementary School but before the school with a history back to the 1930s closed, an open house was held for previous students and the community.

Very Early photo of Crossville Elementary School circa 1930s
When this photo was taken it was simply known as City School

One of the unique things about the school was the art work on the walls that was painted by Joe Edd Hodges, long time art teacher at the school.  Hodges was raised in Crossville and graduated from the old CCHS.

The art murals has since been painted over and the building is used now as the school's administrative offices.

The last principal of Crossville Elementary School Danny Hassler
stand in front of one of Joe Ed Hodges' art murals that were
throughout the school.

Piano art mural by Joe Ed Hodges

Joe Ed Hodges--Homage to Calder

Homage to Matisse by Joe Ed Hodges

Bright colors and shapes

Homage to Picasso by Joe Ed Hodges

Kermit the Frog with his backpack and sign.
Every student at CES knew Kermit from their
time with librarian Melanie Sherrill 

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