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Throwback Thursday: 1948 Picture Day at Rosenwald

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Shared by Shirley Gilliam
March 3, 2016
Warrenton resident Shirley Gilliam donated this photo, “1948 Junior Class at Rosenwald School,” to the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County in 2001.

Pictured at the former Warrenton school for black students: Dorothy Jeffries, Mary Jackson, Rosie Chapman, Shirley Murray, Delores Brewer, Julie Sharp, Sarah Wigenton, Marjorie Coosenberry, Naomi Downey, Mary Frances Brown, Frances Burns, Rachel Smoot, Nettie Witherall, Eliza Foster, Paul Walker, Dade Nimrode, Harold Willias, Charles Green, Lloyd Thompson, George Jolly, Leona Mann, Theorore Berry, Clyde Carrol, John Mann, Ray Fitzhugh, John Baker and William Dowdy.

Four years later, Fauquier County opened nearby Taylor High School for black students during the era of segregation. The county school system fully integrated in 1969, when Taylor became a junior high.

AAAH operates a museum at 4243 Loudoun Ave. in The Plains. This photo came from its extensive collection.

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