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Tanner students recall days at historic school

Marva Dawson Harbison
Published: 9:01 AM, 02/28/2013 Last updated: 9:01 AM, 02/28/2013

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. Many students chose to leave Cocke County and pursue their careers elsewhere, but took with them fond memories of their days at Tanner. One of these was Marva Dawson Harbison, who shares her story and memories today. In observance of Black History Month, the Tanner Preservation Committee has shared these memories with us.

 Marva Dawson Harbison graduated from Tanner High School in 1960 as Salutatorian.

One of the class's ten graduates, her salutatory address was entitled "In Today Already Walks Tomorrow."

Marva began her education at Allen's Chapel School in Parrottsville, the other remaining Rosenwald School in Cocke County. The daughter of the late Nelson and Nellie Dawson, she then entered Tanner High after leaving Allen's Chapel.

Over half a century later, she still remembers the close knit friendships forged among the students at Tanner and also with the school staff.

Following her high school graduation, Marva entered Knoxville City School of Nursing and did her practicum at St. Mary's Hospital, where she received her licensure to practice as a nurse.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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