The Colored Graded School’s early days.

This beautifully sharp photograph is the earliest known depicting the Colored Graded School. Photographer F.M. Winstead, who operated in Wilson from about 1880 to about 1908, shot this wintertime scene, most likely within a few years of the school’s opening in the 1890s. The school was built at what was then the edge of town, and I am fairly sure that the field in front of the school has been picked clean of cotton.

My thanks to J. Robert Boykin III for this photograph.

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  1. Very nice pic indeed. I wonder was this the school that My aunt Mena Martinez taught. She use to tell us she’d walk to the school and would have ice icicles formed on her nose once she arrived šŸ™‚

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