Albemarle Training School Class of 1947 Reunite and Reflect
The women from the Albemarle Training School class of 1947 had not seen each other since graduation.
Members of the Albemarle
Training School's class of 1947 are remembering their segregated African-American
It closed in the 1950s but
lives on in the memories of the handful of remaining former classmates.
On Saturday, the members
of the class of 1947 saw each other together for the first time since
It was a day of catching
up, and remembering the school that brought them together.
Ruby Nightengale brought the
women together Saturday to remember the old times and celebrate their enduring
"Out of the bunch or the
group that we had, we only have six of us are still living and all in our
eighties so it's a blessing a true blessing," she said.
Over lunch, they admired
old photos and talked about how times have changed.
"It was segregated and when we would go into
town we would have to ride in the back of the bus and sit in the back of the
bus station and if you wanted to eat anything you went to the counter at
Woolworth's and bought your sandwich and then you had to walk down the street
and eat it," said Mabel Guthrie, a fellow graduate.
Guthrie says the Albemarle
Training School - which closed in the 1950s - gave her the foundation she
needed for a lifetime of learning. She went to Virginia State College and
earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees.
"We had dedicated teachers
who really took time with us," she said.
The women remembered their
strict but wonderful principal, Mary Carr Greer.
Her legacy lives on
through Albemarle County's Greer Elementary School.
"When we saw her coming we
would run [and] say ‘Oh here comes the principal.' The principal was very
strict, she didn't take any nonsense and so we knew about being disciplined and
manners and everything. And what young ladies - how we should behave and act,"
These lifelong friends say
it's wonderful to come together and remember the place that started it all.
"It was a small school but
it was a great school," Nightengale said.
The legacy of the Albemarle
Training School lives on through these alumni.
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