Leontyne Price portrait

Pictured are Oak Park Principal Tristal Watson, Board Member Doncella Milton, Superintendent Dr. Toy L. Watts, Retired Brigadier General George B. Price, artist Madata Okafor, Mayor Johnny Magee, Board Member Nancy Breland and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kenitra Ezi. Photo/submitted

On Friday, April 5, a portrait of opera legend Leontyne Price was unveiled and dedicated at Oak Park Elementary School. Price’s brother, Retired Brigadier General George B. Price, was on hand to receive the dedication.

“I come to represent my sister,” Price said. “She loves her hometown, the people in it and the opportunities it afforded her. She has represented Oak Park and Laurel, her state and her country with dignity, pride and class, which was learned here in Laurel at Oak Park.”

Price addressed the students in attendance and shared words of encouragement to do their best in school and life.

“Anytime you get discouraged and downtrodden, take a look at this portrait and be encouraged,” he said.

The pastel portrait was created by award-winning artist Madata Okafor, who is originally from Nigeria and now resides in Laurel.

“I want to say thank you for giving me the privilege to paint a legend and great visionary,” Okafor said.

The portrait will hang permanently at Oak Park Elementary School in the Laurel School District.