The plaque was hung last week at Hephzibah Elementary in honor of Gilda J. Martin. She was crushed by debris when two boys smoking near a gas leak caused an explosion in the gymnasium in 1953.
Martin's great-nephew, 15-year-old Matthew Bishop, a student in the Richmond County district, pushed for her to be honored. He collected more than 300 signatures on a petition asking that the school be named after Martin. Five students were injured in the blast.