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August 13, 2019

Taylor High documentary will debut Saturday, Aug. 31

The William C. Taylor High School band became a particular source of pride for the Warrenton school, which opened in 1952 to serve Fauquier County’s black students before integration in 1969.
A documentary film about the former William C. Taylor High School in Warrenton, which served black students before integration, will debut Saturday, Aug. 31.

A free screening will take place at 4 p.m. in the Addison E. Lightfoot Auditorium at Fauquier High School.

The George Mason University Film Lab produced the documentary.

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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.

A dinner will follow the screening at 5:30 pm. Dinner tickets for adults are $45 or two tickets for $80. Tickets for children 12 and under younger $15. Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Hazzard Johnson Memorial Fund.

To purchase tickets, contact Earsaline Anderson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-347-2572.

Click below to watch a video about the making of the documentary.


Behind the Scenes – Mason Film Lab: W.C. TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL: A LEGACY from Film at Mason on Vimeo.

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