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September 11, 2019

W.C. Taylor film tells former high school’s story

Click above to watch the “Celebration of the William C. Taylor High School Legacy.”
A documentary film about the former William C. Taylor High School in Warrenton, which served black students before integration, made its debut Saturday, Aug. 31.

A free screening took place in the Addison E. Lightfoot Auditorium at Fauquier High School.

The George Mason University Film Lab produced the documentary.

The “Celebration of the William C. Taylor High School Legacy” covers the history of the school, which opened in 1952. Taylor became the first school in Fauquier County to serve African-American students from the seventh through 12th grade. Teachers and administrators employed a progressive model of education built on an environment of mutual respect, collegiality, rigor and community.

The film documents the stories of alumni from their time in school, through segregation and integration, and their accomplishments since. Notable moments include tales of the award-winning bands and world-famous musicians, including James Brown and the Shirelles, who performed in the Taylor gym to support the school’s marching band, founded and led by Mr. Lightfoot.

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