Old Fort in McDowell County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
"What Happened To Our School?"
Title: "What Happened To Our School?"
September 19th, 2020
This mural depicts two scenes from Old Fort's effort to fight racial injustice.
The image on the left is based on a photograph of black school children marching on Main Street to protest the closure of their beloved school, which they called the "Step School" and September 1950. The land and materials for the Catawba View Grammar School were purchased collectively by local black families. When the school was forcibly closed by local officials, parents retained attorney George Sandlin to help reopen it. During this time, black school children had to ride 30 miles each day, by bus, to a school in Marion, NC. Despite the demands of parents and students, it was demolished in 1952.
The image to the right is based on an event 5 years later, in September of 1955. In this image, Mr Albert Joyner, Sr. accompanied black school children to request to integrate the all-white school. Mr Joyner protected the students from a hostile and angry crowd of over 300 white protesters. Although in the previous year, the United States
Artist: Don Rimx, San Juan, Puerto Rico, b. 1981
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1950.
Location. 35° 37.772′ N, 82° 10.853′ W. Marker is in Old Fort, North Carolina, in McDowell County. Marker is on East Main St (U.S. 70) just west of Spring Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 E Main St, Old Fort NC 28762, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frontier Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Indian Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan Cabin (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center (about 700 feet away); Stepp Cabin (about 800 feet away); Andrews Geyser (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Andrews GeyserSwannanoa Tunnel (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Fort.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2022, by Mark Parker of Hickory, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 107 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2022, by Mark Parker of Hickory, North Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.