Toni Morrison pictured receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Barack Obama in 2012.
Toni Morrison Elementary opened in August 2007 and is named for Lorain native Chloe Wofford. She graduated from Lorain High School in January 1949 and was Treasurer of her graduating class. She has written many best selling novels and is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a Nobel Prize. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved. She is Lorain’s only Nobel Laureate. She later changed her name to Toni Morrison.