Carrie Dawson Caldwell
|Published: 9:32 AM, 02/06/2014
||Last updated: 9:35 AM, 02/06/2014
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
EDITOR'S NOTEThe Tanner Preservation Alliance 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
Carrie Dawson Caldwell, who shares her story and memories today. In observance of Black History
Month, the Tanner Preservation Alliance has shared these memories with us.
My name is
Carrie Dawson Caldwell, and I attended Tanner School for nine years (1956-1965). I am the
daughter of Ruth Mae Osborne Dawson (deceased) and Luther James Dawson. My mother graduated from
Tanner High School and my brother, James and sister, Deloris attended Tanner until the schools were
parents purchased a farm in the Dutch Bottoms Community when I was a year old. The
four most important things that our parents placed emphasis on were education, church, family and
principal at Tanner School was the Rev. Rakestraw. He was also the principal during the
time my mom attended Tanner. My teachers in elementary school were Mrs. Nettie Sue Swagerty, Mrs.
Irene Stokely, Mrs. Irene Smith, Mrs. Mae Leeper and Mrs. Jo Ann Hicks (Music). My first year
of high school was the last year that I attended Tanner. My teachers were Mr. Powell, Mr.
Hawes, Miss Franklin, Miss Mitchell, Mr. Harrison and Mr. Hubbard.
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