From the Directory of the School Officials of North Carolina: December 1922, published by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction:
In the entire state of North Carolina, which had a black population of 763,000 in 1920, there were only 17 accredited high schools for African-Americans in 1922. None were in Wilson; C.H. Darden High School was merely a dream. (In fact, only a handful were east of Raleigh.) Most black high schools of the era were affiliates or early incarnations of historically black colleges that still operate today — Scotia Seminary (Barber-Scotia College), State Normal School in Fayetteville (Fayetteville State University), National Training School (North Carolina Central University), State Normal School in Winston-Salem (Winston-Salem State University), A.&T. College (North Carolina A&T State University), Bennett College, Biddle University (Johnson C. Smith University), State Normal School in Elizabeth City (Elizabeth City State University), Livingstone College, Saint Augustine’s University, and Shaw University.
(Side note: Daniel C. Suggs, principal of Livingstone College’s preparatory division, was a native of Wilson.)