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ALCENA MODESTA KEY CLARK

 

 

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ALCENA: I went to Pomonkey high school. 
Interviewer:
Was Pomonkey high school rather new then?  
ALCENA:
Absolutely, I was the first graduate. I was one of the first.  
Interviewer:
How did the colored community feel about having that high school after all those years. Were they proud of it?  
ALCENA:
Yes, very proud. They worked worked hard. Their organization gave the land for that high school. 
Interviewer:
What organization played the major role in getting Pomonkey High School?
ALCENA:
The Good Samaritan Lodge.

MARY ELLEN RAMSOME

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MARY: I was the first black (they call you black now) black girl and my brother Charlie was the first black boy that ever left down there in Charles County to go to any sort of a higher institution you know. I graduated in 1913 so I must have went down there in 19-9 and that be four years you have to stay down there.  
Interviewer:
So was this school for black youngsters entirely?  
MARY:
Yeah, the old school was founded by a black woman named Jenny Dean.  
Interviewer:
How did you get from here to Mansassas
MARY:
Wait a minute. That would be interesting. Oh, we were most privileged people on this side of Charles County cause we could go down here on get on the steam boat.


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