Andrews Residents Remember Their Segregated Past 6/17/12
CBS 7 News Reporter
Andrews, TX – Today citizens of Andrews came together to remember their segregated history and the students who went through it. For former Lincoln School student, Nathaniel Hearne, he said his past is what propels him into his future.
"I believe that our past dictates out future...and all the black kids that are coming up need to be aware of this history," said former student Nathaniel Hearne.
Andrews County made a landmark of one of his childhood memories. The county placed a plaque at Lincoln Center listing the names of staff and students who attended Lincoln School, the only all black school in Andrews’ history.
"That means that someone cares. That were not just ghost to them ... that there are actually live people," stated Hearne.
Lincoln was a one-roomed segregated school, providing education to African Americans in Andrews from 1950 to 1961. County officials say this plaque is a way to bring awareness of African American history.
"We need to know some history about ourselves as a black community there's a lot of people that did not know ... this used to be a black school," stated Andrews County Commissioner Hiram Hubert.
Former students said that each sentence, name and picture on the plaque hold the memories of those who've come before and gives knowledge for generations to come.