Elba Street school?

It was not until I puzzled over this out loud that I realized that the new school referred to in this article was on Elvie Street, not Elba. Sallie Barbour School was the nearby former Colored Graded School, and U.S. Highway 301 was what we now know as South Pender Street.

Wilson Daily Times, 2 April 1949.

[Sidenote: by time I entered Coon Junior High School in the fall of 1977, the annex described here, though only thirty years old, was distinctly decrepit. It was demolished a couple of years later.]


  1. My first teaching assignment in Wilson. Hard to believe we had to turn out lights on and off from a circuit breaker in the hall!!! Just for starters…

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