A “pounding” for Mercy Hospital.

Wilson Daily Times, 5 April 1930.

A “pounding” is Christian tradition in which a congregation gives its new pastor welcoming gifts, i.e. a pound of coffee, sugar, or flour. In April 1930, the community participated in a pounding for Mercy Hospital, supplying much needed food staples, linens, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. 

Clipping courtesy of J. Robert Boykin III.

They really want to help along their own education.


During October and November the following amounts have been raised and paid in to supplement the district funds of colored schools in Wilson County.

WILLIAMSON (Spring Hill)

The people have raised $300 to aid in building a new school house and to put cooking and sewing in their school.

ROCKY BRANCH (Spring Hill)

The people raised $200 in October to improve their school house and buy 20 new patent desks.

JONES HILL (Old Fields)

The people of this neighborhood raised $120 during October to improve their school house and buy 15 patent desks. They raised more than fifty dollars last spring for the same purpose.


This district has raised $50 to improve their school house.


This district has raised $400.62 for building a new house and buying desks.

POWELL’S (Cross Roads)

The people have raised $25 to get a good well and to put a pump in it.

LANE’S (Wilson)

This school has raised $75 with which to repair their school house and put in 15 new patent desks.


The people have raised $100. They have installed 20 new patent desks and expect to add another school room later.

HOWARD’S (Taylor’s)

The people at Howard’s have raised $60. They ceiled their school house and have bought 15 new patent desks.


This people of this district have raised $250. They have painted the school house, bought $100 worth of new patent desks, cleaned up the yard, put electric lights in the school house, and have secured a cook stove and a sewing machine.


The people here have raised $7. They mean to increase this amount soon.

The above amounts total $1387.62. Other colored districts are now engaged in raising money to improve their school house. The results will be reported later on. The interest of the colored people in improving their school facilities has been greatly stimulated by the intelligent and untiring work of J.D. Reid, who has led in raising the amounts of money referred to above. For the first time in the history of the county the colored people have this fall made more voluntary contributions to their schools than the white people. Who can gain say the statement that the above amounts and the many others which will be reported later on show that our colored people really want to help along their own education?

I am sure it will pay handsomely to encourage this spirit of self-help on the part of our colored citizens. Those who show the interest in the welfare of their children indicated by the above sums of money deserve our thanks. I am certain all right thinking people appreciate the spirit which has prompted these donations.  CHARLES L. COON. January 1, 1917.

Wilson Daily Times, 2 January 1917.


[Note: the white people, at 12 schools, raised less than half as much — $537.35. — LYH]