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SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
An extensive and comprehensive coun
tywide research project is underway. Triad
Cultural Arts Inc.. the presenter of The
Juneteenth Festival, has initiated
"Celebrating Our Colored Elementary
The project will document the history
and legacy of more than 30 public and pri
vate schools in Winston-Salem and
Forsyth County that educated African
American children before the forced inte
gration in the early 1970s.
Skyland School, 14th Street School,
Kimberly Park, Carver Crest, Mebane,
Columbian Heights, Carver, Oak Grove,
St. Benedict's, Nelson's Preparatory,
Diggs and the Memorial Industrial School
are some of the more familiar schools
being researched. A major challenge is
identifying in the county the 19 one
teacher schools that served African
American students in 1936.
Cheryl Harry, director of African
American programming at Old Salem
Museums & Gardens and CEO of Triad
Cultural Arts Inc., feels that these commu
nity institutions were key cultural hubs in
the African-American neighborhoods,
especially during the county and city's
growth years between 1920 and 1950.
The laws of segregation prohibited the
intergration of blacks with whites in all
aspects of daily life. Thus, there were sep
arate schools for black children and white
Annette Scippio is the principal
researcher and project coordinator. Since
there is little to no documentation of the
colored schools, Scippio's goal is to collect
as many stories, memories, photos and
memorabilia related to each school as pos
sible. Knowledge of the institutions resides
in the memories of former students, par
ents, teachers, student/practice teachers
and residents. Questionnaires are being
distributed throughout the community,
online and to out of state students and
teachers. Personal interviews are being
scheduled with many elderly residents.
Some fascinating information is being
uncovered, such as the role of the city's
recreation department as early as 1919, in
physical education and after school pro
grams. For instance, in 1936, there were 19
one-teacher colored schools scattered in
the county. Oak Grove School off
Bethabara Road is the only surviving
structure in the county of the one-room
In contrast, the colored elementary
schools in the city had a significant eco
nomic impact. For instance, in 1938, 14th
Street School served 1,779 students,
employed 44 teachers and the property was
valued at $358,638. Scippio says a com
munity-wide celebration of the legacy of
these institutions is planned when the
research is complete. All former students,
parents, teachers, student/practice teachers
and community residents are asked to
share their memories and memorabilia.
Volunteers are distributing questionnaires
to family and ffiends. Questionnaires are
also available at www.triadculture.org.
To learn more about this initiative or to
inquire about how to volunteer, visit the
"Celebrating Our Colored Elementary
Schools" booth at the Juneteenth Festival
on Saturday, June 20, from 11 am. to 6
pm. on Fifth Street at the Winston Mutual
Building, email email@example.com or
call (336) 582 2557.
Dr. Reginald F. Hildebrand talks about accounts
from various historical documents describing the
announcement of emancipation in churches and the
jubilant celebrations that followed.
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Photos by Erin Mizelle for the Winston-Salem Chronicle
The crowd at the St. Philips Heritage Center at Old Salem Museums <6 Gardens on Thursday, June 4, lis
tens to Dr. Reginald F. Hildebrand, associate professor of African-American studies and history at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at the Juneteenth Luncheon.
Celebrations center on history, culture
In photos above, Dr. Reginald F. Hildebrand, associate
professor of African-American studies and history at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, speaks at the
St. Philips Heritage Center at Old Salem Museums &
Gardens on Thursday. June 4, in celebration of the coun
try's longest-running observance of the abolition of slav
ery: 150 years. Hildebrand read accounts from those who
experienced emancipation from slavery.
Juneteenth is held on or around June 19, when Union
forces arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news of the end of
slavery on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth is normally known
as a large festive celebration, filled with food and enter
tainment as well as black history and culture. That cele
bration in Winston-Salem will be Saturday. June 20, with
an outdoor event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the intersection
of 5th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
The 11th annual Triad Juneteenth Africana Festival
will feature the Rev. Byron Williams, an award-winning
author; and honor popular 1950s R&B vocal group the "5"
Royales, with a special tribute. Williams will discuss and
sign copies of his best-selling book, "1963: The Year of
Hope and Hostility," which won the 2014 International
Book Award for U.S. history.
The Juneteenth Festival is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit www.triadcultureorg, or call
All city pools open for the summer
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE .
City of Winston-Salem operated pools are now open for the summer, which officially
starts on Sunday, June 21.
Patrons entering the pool must wear appropriate swimwear with a liner or have appro
priate swimwear with them to be admitted into the pool area.
All pools are offering free children's swim lessons. Sign-ups for sessions will be
Saturday, June 27, and Saturday. July 18. Free adult swim lessons are also available at all
swimming pools. Contact the pool facility for details.
All pools will offer a Babes in Arms program for children 5 and under starting
Saturday, June 20. Contact the pool facility to register. The pools also have swim teams
for children 17 and under, and offer diving instruction.
To ensure safety, parents should swim with their children. All pool patrons must obey
the lifeguards. Non-swimmers less than 48 inches tall will be required to wear life jackets
in the pools. Life jackets are not required in kiddie pools or at the water play areas at
Kimberley Park and Bolton Park pools.
The city will provide life jackets. Patrons may bring their own life jackets if they have
a stamp indicating that the jackets are Coast Guard approved and pass inspection from
Children less than 48 inches tall will be asked to take a swim test when they arrive at
the pool so lifeguards can assess their swimming ability. If they pass the test, they will
receive a green wristband that allows them to go anywhere in the pool. If they do not pass
the test, they will receive a red wristband and a life jacket. They can go in the shallow
end of the pool up to 3.5 feet.
Patrons over 48 inches tall will be required to take a swim test if lifeguards observe
that they may be poor or non-swimmers.