We all have that family member—an aunt, a grandparent, or maybe even our own mother or father—who loves to break out old scrapbooks and photo albums at family gatherings.
These moments of nostalgia can be entertaining, funny, heartwarming, and sometimes downright embarrassing as we see ourselves through the years. But, no matter what we’re feeling as we walk down memory lane, we get a sense of our own history and roots.
What if the places we love, not just the people, were able to claim that type of photographic legacy?
George Washington Carver Elementary School now can, thanks to Richmond Hill Historical Society.
On Friday, preceding the annual holiday chorus concert, the school was presented with eight photographs of the original G.W. Carver School building.
Christy Sherman, a member of the Carver PTSO as well as Richmond Hill Historical Society, feels the photos provide an important glimpse into the school’s heritage.
“I thought they should be here to show students, teachers and parents the history of the school,” she said.
Sherman found the photos at the Richmond Hill Museum, and the Society wanted the school to have them. The framed copies were formally presented by Sherman, with a brief discussion of the subjects and a history of the old school building on Bryan Neck Road.
“These wonderful photos show activities at the school, like the annual May Day festivities, a student working in the industrial arts shop, classrooms … and Henry Ford and Dr. Carver together,” said Sherman.
The original school building was erected in 1939 by Henry Ford. He named the school after his dear friend, George Washington Carver, to honor his achievements in science, botany, humanitarianism and more. Dr. Carver was present at the opening of the school and made the inaugural address.
“This is so nice,” said Principal Crystal Morales of the collection. “It’s a little piece of history for our kids, and for us to be able to tell the kids here and the kids who come after them … a great piece of history that we don’t ever want to forget.”
Morales hopes that students will get a sense of Dr. Carver’s own legacy, understanding his importance in U.S. history and letting it inspire them.
The photos will hang in the front lobby along with the photo of Dr. Carver that already graces the school.
“We hope that the students, teachers, and parents will enjoy the collection,” said Sherman.
Richmond Hill Historical Society invites you to learn more about the history of George Washington Carver and the school, and the rich history of our area as a whole, by visiting the museum or becoming a member. Call 756-3697 or visit www.richmondhillhistoricalsociety.com for details.