|Published: 8:49 AM, 02/07/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Tanner Preservation Committee continues its work to
rescue and preserve the historic Tanner School, one of the few Rosenwald
Schools remaining in America. Several former students at the institution have
shared their memories of their school days there, along with a brief
description of their lives afterwards. In observance of Black History Month,
the Tanner Preservation Committee has shared several of these autobiographical
sketches with us.
I attended Tanner High School between the years of 1939 -
43. All of my older brothers and sisters preceded me there. They were Charles,
Willie Mae, David Jr., and Hermene Clark. My two younger brothers, Cauley and
Dennis, briefly attended Tanner before my parents sold the family farm in Dutch
Bottoms and moved to Morristown. (Note: my sister, Hermene and I are the only
two survivors). Since my older siblings all went off to school upon graduating
from Tanner, it was only a logical progression that I too would pursue
post-secondary study upon receiving my diploma.
We had all grown up in Dutch Bottoms when the country
experienced and was recovering from the Great Depression only to find ourselves
affected by World War II a few years later. It had a direct impact on my family
and community in numerous ways. There were shortages of everything from food to
materials, such as the paper we needed for school. Also, some of my family and
classmates were either drafted or volunteered for the military.
For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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