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Plaque belonging to all-black school becomes newest museum addition

Local - 2/3/2013 5:43 PM by Karen Franklin
MT. HOPE - A historic high school plaque became the newest piece of a museum after it was unveiled during a ceremony Saturday.

The plaque was once a part of DuBois High School, an all-black high school which was open from 1919 to 1956. Museum officials said that after the school was integrated in 1956 and became Mt. Hope High, the plaque was blocked by a trophy case for no one to see.

Years later, the plaque was found and relocated to its new home in the DuBois on Main museum.  

“This is a real piece of evidence that DuBois High School existed,” said Jean Evansmore, the museum's director.

Evansmore began the museum after speaking with several of the school’s graduates. Little by little, she said, people contributed memorabilia from the school.

“Everything was part of God’s plan because it surely wasn’t part of mine,” Evansmore told WOAY. “I never thought I would really do this.”

Community members and school alumni gathered at the museum Saturday. Many also see each other every two years for a DuBois High School Reunion.

"It is a community reunion,” Evansmore said. “It is a reunion of black people that live in this area because everybody will find out they're related to somebody, or they know somebody or whatever.”

Howard Scott graduated in 1956 and is also the chairman of the reunion committee.

"I'm pretty proud of the fact that I graduated from DuBois,” he told WOAY. “We thought it was probably the best thing to ever happen to us. We have a lot of doctors and generals and lawyers. We thought we had the best education in the world."

In addition to the plaque, Evansmore received a diploma from the 1930s to add to the collection. She plans to record and digitize what she can in the near future.

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