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Albemarle Training School Class of 1947 Reunite and Reflect

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The women from the Albemarle Training School class of 1947 had not seen each other since graduation. 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 school.

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 graduation.

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 friendships.

"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," Guthrie said.

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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