R.I.P. my brother. from all of us from Pearl High School who knew you.

Perry Wallace

February 19, 1948 - December 1, 2017 (69 Years Old)
Perry Wallace, who broke down a racial barrier in the Deep South by becoming the first black varsity basketball player in the Southeastern Conference, has died after a battle with cancer. Wallace, died Friday at age 69 at a hospice center.


Wallace attended Pearl High School in the then segregated Nashville public schools. He helped Pearl High School's basketball team go undefeated and win the team's first integrated basketball state championship. He was a straight-A student, valedictorian of his class and was named a high school All-American athlete.