|Published: 8:20 AM, 02/19/2013
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. Many students of the institution used the knowledge and
wisdom gained there as springboards for success in many areas of life. The
family of Bessie Thomas and her late husband Andrew 'Hoochie' Thomas recently
recalled their days as students at the historic institution. In observance of
Black History Month, the Tanner Preservation Committee has shared these
memories with us.
Andrew and Bessie Thomas attended Tanner School in the
early 1940ís. Although neither one graduated that was their lifelong dream to
see that their nine children graduated from school. There were many happy times
for the Thomas family, but one such time, was the history making event of the
graduation of the ninth child of Andrew and Bessie Thomas.
Bessie and Hoochie, as friends knew him, celebrated the graduation of the ninth child on May 30, 1981, from Cocke County High School.
For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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