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Former African-American School in Waynesboro Holds Reunion

Posted: Updated: 7/20/2013 9:22:14 PM
Several Rosenwald High School alumni say they feel like family. Several Rosenwald High School alumni say they feel like family.
Rosenwald High School, then and now Rosenwald High School, then and now

Former students from Rosenwald High School in Waynesboro are celebrating its history as the city's African-American high school from 1926 to 1965. 

About 200 alumni converged for a reunion at the Best Western in Waynesboro Saturday night. This year marks the 48th year of annual reunions for the Rosenwald School. The first class graduated in 1936. 

"We have students who graduated from the first, second and third year in '36 and '37," said Robert "Buddy" Stewart, class of 1960. 

Rosenwald integrated in 1965. Alumni from every class are invited to every reunion, and several said they feel like one big family. 

"The group standing behind me in this room can tell you what family is all about because we feel it. We put our arms around each other and there's nothing fake about it. It's because we love it," Stewart said.

The reunions show no sign of stopping.

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