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Brianna Mason, a Hobgood Elementary School first-grade teacher, on Saturday became the first black woman to be crowned Miss Tennessee.

Hobgood Elementary School first-grade teacher Brianna Mason made history Saturday when she became the first black woman to be crowned Miss Tennessee in the competition in Knoxville.

“Congratulations Brianna Mason, 1st grade teacher at Hobgood Elementary on being crowned Miss Tennessee tonight,” Murfreesboro City Schools said in a statement Saturday. “There are a bunch of excited principals and teachers in Murfreesboro tonight. She made history and we are so proud!”

Mason, competing as Miss Greene County, will represent the state in the 2020 Miss America Pageant.

Mason, 23, will receive $15,000 in scholarships.

Mason is from Nashville and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, including a master’s degree in elementary education.

"I can’t even put into words how special that is. I knew I was going to be emotional when thinking about this, but I’ve been competing for so long, and there’s a Miss Tennessee room with portraits of all past Miss Tennessees and none of them looked liked me," Mason said at a press conference.

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