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Contributed by Claudia Williams
If you can help identify any of these people, we'd like to hear from you.
Mrs Janice Jenkins Corbus 8th grade teacher
Sitting: Emily Castilloe, Dorothy Bradley, Massie Dunning Girls Standing: ?????, Jean Lawrence, Jane Ellen Jernigan (Baker)
Boys: Boy with Army Cap: Jay Willis Slade
Mrs. Clark's Class (On back 1944)
First Row: (On right) Irene Conner
Second Row: (Girl on left) Clara Broglin
Aulander School Mrs. Clark's Class
First Row: Mrs Clark, (3rd from right) Irene Conner (Last on row-right) Clara Broglin
Second Row: (3rd from left) Ralph Taylor
Five (5) of Eighth Grade Class
Emily Castilloe, Dorothy Bradley, Jane Ellen Jernigan (Baker), Clara Bow Lassiter
Originally established as Rankins Richards Institute for Negroes and financed by people in the North became the Bertie Academy in 1901 and was located on Triangle Hill.
One of the stipulations was that African children would also be taught there. These were diplomats children and by that time missionaries were sending African converts to America to be educated to go back to African as teachers and ministers. Bertie Academy had a classic curriculum that for the time would match any white institution and also had dormitories. This meant that there would not be a housing problem.
Most of the leading Black educators in the region came from this institution. When the State took over public school education circa 1920's, this school closed. The last Black Superintendent went over to the Public system, and had a school named and dedicated to him W. S. ETHERIDGE HIGH SCHOOL in Windsor, NC. The last yearbook from Bertie Academy is in the "Southern Collection" at Wilson Library UNC.
The old teacherage for the Academy is still extant in Windsor today. Contributed by Harry Thompson and Benjamin Speller
The photo is mounted on a piece of cardboard and has written under it in Daddy's handwriting "First School in Askewville 1921-1922. Christie Spears, Principal, 6 & 7 grades. Gay Spears, Teacher, 4 & 5 grades. Lillie White, Teacher 1-2 & 3 grades" The photo is intriguing to me. I believe that my mother, Alma Grey Phelps, is the little girl in the front row that is almost hidden behind the girl with her head turned. Mother was born in 1915 so the size fits. I also wonder if the young man on the left,on the end of the row, second row from the top with the light colored shirt and the dark hair isn't my dad, Finley Johnson. He was born in 1910 and the age appears to fit.
Finley Johnson, Principal, Teacher 6 & 7 Grades
Louise Minton, Teacher 4 & 5 Grades
Leathea Bazemore, Teacher 2nd and 3rd Grades
Ruby Mitchell, Teacher 1st Grade