Wilson Daily Times, 8 December 1937.
This was probably the Oleander Quartet, comprised of
George Boyd, Cecil Murray, Howard Scott, George Hall, and pianist Elijah Lamar, which performed blues and spirituals on radio, mostly as a backup to Leadbelly, the legendary folk and blues singer. (Notably, the group backed him on a recording of “Pick a Bale of Cotton” circa 1935.)
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Wilson Daily Times, 17 November 1936.
Wilson Colored High School (which would be renamed for C.H. Darden in 1938) suffered a devastating fire in November 1936. How long did the “indefinite” closing last? Where did children attend class in the interim?
The faculty of
, 1937-38: C.H. Darden High School
, 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
Margaret Harris, , Jane Amos Boyd Annie Parker Dupree, , Helen Delzelle Beckwith Whitted , Rosa Lee Kittrell Williams A.A. Morrisey.
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
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
(1930-1971), daughter of Mary Frances Diggs Edgar and Mary Grant Diggs
Charles Seville Plater (1929), son of Simon T. and Ruth Jones Plater
(1928), son of Thomas Levi Peacock 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 and Benjamin 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
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]
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 and David H. 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
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
Nathaniel Gray Hodges (1929-), son of Nathaniel and Bessie Sutton Hodges
Mamie Ruth Ellis (1930-2004), daughter of Oscar and Mamie Bynum Ellis
Roderick Taylor Jr. (1928), son of and Roderick Mary J. Pender Taylor
Ellis Brown Jr. (1921-1989), son of and Ellis Margaret Scarborough Brown
Pauline Deloris Harris (1927-), daughter of Benjamin A. and Pauline Artis Harris
Annie Miller Stokes (1930-), daughter of James and Viola Reese Stokes
West Virginia State
Margaret Evangeline Speight Williams (1929-1998), daughter of Theodore and Marie Thomas Speight
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
This 1940 plat map shows the boundaries of additional land proposed to expand the campus of
, referred to here as a “school site for colored people.” Charles H. Darden High School
(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.)
received this diploma when she graduated from Charles H. Darden High School in the Willia Beatrice Jones Turner spring of 1940.
Thanks to my frequent collaborator S.M. Stevens and her grandmother Willia Jones Turner for sharing this document.