The faculty of C.H. Darden High School, 1937-38:
Bottom row: Spencer J. Satchell, Juanita Pope Morrisey, Cora Miller Washington Artis, Naomi Freeman, Flora Clark Bethel, Marian Howard Miller, Margaret Edwards, Edward M. Barnes, John M. Miller Jr.
Middle row: Margaret Harris, Jane Amos Boyd, Annie Parker Dupree, Helen Delzelle Beckwith Whitted, Rosa Lee Kittrell Williams, A.A. Morrisey.
Top row: Marie Davis, Estelle Lane Shade, Ethel Alexander, Mamie Whitehead.
Photo courtesy of Freeman Round House and African American Museum.
Inez Dickerson Bell, Pauline Farmer White, James Ellis, Deveria Jackson Turner Wing.
James “Casey” Ellis submitted this 1941 photo of himself and three Darden High School friends to the Wilson Daily Times, which ran it on 1 April 2003. Bell, White, and Turner graduated in the Class of 1944.
From the 7 July 2019 edition of Wilson Times:
“Dorothy Hammond Ellis of Wilson was honored at her 100th birthday July 3 in the fellowship hall of Calvary Presbyterian Church by her daughter, Cynthia Ellis, goddaughters and church family.
“Dorothy H. Ellis is a beloved retired schoolteacher who taught eighth grade at Darden High School starting in 1942. She and her husband, Coach [James C.] “Shank” Ellis went on to teach at Coon Junior High School until they retired early in 1979. While teaching at Darden, she was asked to use her basketball skills to coach the boys basketball team while the men went off to fight in World War II.
“Dorothy Ellis was born July 3, 1919 in Cheraw, South Carolina.”
Dorothy H. Ellis and James C. Ellis in the 1949 edition of the Trojan, the yearbook of C.H. Darden High School.
The program for the graduation exercises of Darden High School’s Class of 1944 was reprinted in a Wilson Daily Times supplement “Darden Alumni: Sustaining the Vision,” 28 February 2007. Until 1943, Darden had offered only eleven grades. The Class of ’44 thus was a first.
Wilson Daily Times, 15 September 1948.
- Doris V. Smith
- Mary Frances Diggs (1930-1971), daughter of Edgar and Mary Grant Diggs
- Charles Seville Plater (1929), son of Simon T. and Ruth Jones Plater
- Thomas Levi Peacock(1928), son of Levi and Eloise Reavis Peacock
- Norma Adelaide Carter Murphy (1931-), daughter of Luke and Eunice Godette Carter
- Hoover Curtis Bowens (1928-2007), son of Jacob and Flossie Cobb Bowens
- Edward Kerphew Harris (1930-2007), son of Benjamin and Pauline Artis Harris
- Winford Lee Morgan (1931-2000), son of James and Addie Fisher Morgan
- Wade Nicholas Lassiter (1928-??) and Harvey Green Lassiter (1926-1998), sons of Jesse C.K. and Lessie Dew Lassiter
- Harold Cannady
- Leonard Elroy Barnes Jr. (1929-1967), son of Leonard E. and Beatrice Taylor Barnes
- Walter Rufus Stephens (1926-2014), son of James H. and Parnella Jackson Stephens
- James Thomas Jones (1927-2011) and John Wesley Jones (1925-2004), sons of Wesley and Martha Taylor Jones
From the 1951 edition of The Ayantee, the yearbook of North Carolina State A.&T. University.
N.C. College [now N.C. Central University]
- Helen Woodard
- Ralph Cornell Gay (1928-1992), son of Albert and Annie Bell Jacobs Gay
- James Henry Spivey Jr. (1930-??) and Glenda Vermell Spivey Middleton (1927-2006), children of James H. and Mary Clark Spivey
- Eva Elnora Coley Jarrett Oxendine (1929-), daughter of David H. and Eva Speight Coley
- Preston Walter Diggs (1928-), son of Edgar and Mary Grant Diggs
- Hattie Moye Floyd (1929-1985), daughter of Ambrose and Mattie Moye Floyd
- Thomas Dawson
- Laura Mae Murphy Baker (1925-1988), daughter of Clarence and Mittie Wilkes Murphy
- Victoria Whitehead McCray (1928-2017), daughter of John H. and Victoria Ennis Whitehead
- James L. Nicholson Jr. (1929-2018), son of James and Celestia Nicholson
- Donnie L. Joyner Freeman (1928-), daughter of Eddie and Annie Wynn Joyner
- Eva L. Carter (1928-2017), daughter of Willam and Eva Overton Carter
- Doug Melton
- Nathaniel Gray Hodges (1929-), son of Nathaniel and Bessie Sutton Hodges
- Helen Harris
- R.J. Dancy
- Mamie Ruth Ellis (1930-2004), daughter of Oscar and Mamie Bynum Ellis
- Roderick Taylor Jr. (1928), son of Roderick and Mary J. Pender Taylor
- Ellis Brown Jr. (1921-1989), son of Ellis and Margaret Scarborough Brown
- Ann Battle
- Van Royall
- Doris Joyner
- Pauline Deloris Harris (1927-), daughter of Benjamin A. and Pauline Artis Harris
- Annie Miller Stokes (1930-), daughter of James and Viola Reese Stokes
- Frances Williams
West Virginia State
- Mary Knight
- Richard Barnes
- Virginia Ward
- Margaret Evangeline Speight Williams (1929-1998), daughter of Theodore and Marie Thomas Speight
- Marian Anderson
- Trumiller Wimberly
- Christine Snow
- Katheryn Spells (1927-2004), daughter of Neros and Nancy Taylor Spells
Cortez Peters Business School
- Beatrice McNeil (1928-2007), daughter of Matthew and Ola Belle Jiggette McNeil
- Ozie L. Pender (1928-2010), daughter of Albert and Mary Pender
Winston-Salem Teachers College
- Agnes Hoskins (1929-), daughter of Lonnie and Gertrude Simms Hoskins
- Charity Wells (1930-1978), daughter of Willie and Mamie Holland Wells
- Bertha Cobb
This 1940 plat map shows the boundaries of additional land proposed to expand the campus of Charles H. Darden High School, referred to here as a “school site for colored people.”
(Note that the property was purchased in part from Louise Fike and Hadley Blake, whose names were memorialized in nearby streets laid out in the 1950s — Fikewood and Blakewood.)
Plat Book 2, page 152, Register of Deeds Office, Wilson County Courthouse.
It’s football season!
Rocky Mount Telegram, 18 October 1945.
(Darden lost, by the way — 26-0.)
Willia Beatrice Jones Turner received this diploma when she graduated from Charles H. Darden High School in the spring of 1940.
Thanks to my frequent collaborator S.M. Stevens and her grandmother Willia Jones Turner for sharing this document.
William Henry Alexander Howard was the second principal of the Wilson Colored High School, later called Charles H. Darden High School.
On 5 October 2004, the Wilson Daily Times printed a reader-contributed photograph taken in October 1938 during Fire Prevention Week. The photo depicts Tyrus Bissett (later chief of Wilson Police Department) with principal Edward M. Barnes during a visit with students at Darden High School.