FAMILY FIRST: In 1995, Francena Thomas, born in Miami on March 23, 1936, worked in the community relations department of Miami-Dade Police. For a Miami Herald feature on grandparents, she is pictured holding a portrait of her grandchildren Samantha Baker, then 2, and Kiana Thomas, then 9. On the wall behind Thomas is a portrait of her grandmother Teannan Bingham Townsend who died in 1948.
FAMILY FIRST: In 1995, Francena Thomas, born in Miami on March 23, 1936, worked in the community relations department of Miami-Dade Police. For a Miami Herald feature on grandparents, she is pictured holding a portrait of her grandchildren Samantha Baker, then 2, and Kiana Thomas, then 9. On the wall behind Thomas is a portrait of her grandmother Teannan Bingham Townsend who died in 1948. Jeffery A. Salter Miami Herald file
FAMILY FIRST: In 1995, Francena Thomas, born in Miami on March 23, 1936, worked in the community relations department of Miami-Dade Police. For a Miami Herald feature on grandparents, she is pictured holding a portrait of her grandchildren Samantha Baker, then 2, and Kiana Thomas, then 9. On the wall behind Thomas is a portrait of her grandmother Teannan Bingham Townsend who died in 1948. Jeffery A. Salter Miami Herald file

Educator, community activist Francena Thomas dies at 79

July 15, 2015 12:08 PM

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