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Local school added to Heritage Trail

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Updated: 2/28 7:01 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau added another marker to its Heritage Trail Enrichment Program Friday morning.

Carver School, formerly known as Carver High School, was added to the city's Civil Rights and African-American Heritage Trail.

If you looked closely at some of the faces in the crowd on the Carver School campus Friday morning, you would have seen the pride and admiration of those who remember what the school has meant to the community over the years.

"Many of us went to school 12 years at Carver, and I can't think many of a more importatnt place," said Tupelo City Council President Nettie Davis.

"It was a school that encompassed everything that we needed in life," replied Annie Richardson, a Carver High School graduate of 1948.

"Carver was not only the education center. Carver was also a greeting center where...if you wanted to know anything or do anything you came through Carver," said the Rev. Robert Jamison.
 
Jamison was a student at Carver, but also coached football at the school.

"[I] happened to be the football coach that had a 50 and zero record," Jamison laughed. 

The school's history dates back to 1939 and named in honor of the famous scientist Dr. George Washington Carver.

"Dear Carver High, we honor thee," the crowd sang.

It was obvious that the school is certainly deserving of a Heritage Trail marker.

"Carver School played an important part in our city's history as it relates to the Civil Rights Movement," said Neal McCoy of the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

The school has great significance for the African-American community, but also for the entire city. Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton attended the school well
after school desegregation in the early 1970s.

"For alumni, it's a special day for me. We attended 9th grade here before going to the old high school, before the new high school was built," said Mayor Shelton

The school's last high school class graduated in 1970, and some of its class members were present for the unveiling.

"We feel blessed. We feel wonderful. We're so proud that we were the last class to graduate from Carver," said Gwen Ellis, a 1970 graduate. 

"We feel fantastic!" replied classmate Maxine Johnson. 
 
Eight markers have now been placed throughout Tupelo as part of its Heritage Trails Enrichment Program.
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