January 16, 2013 by DuboisOnMain
Saturdays this February are packed with DuBois history. ALL EVENTS RUN FROM 1-3 PM AT 116 MAIN STREET, MT HOPE. See you there!
On Feb. 2, a historic plaque from Fayette County’s all-black high school is coming back into the spotlight after decades of obscurity. A commemoration ceremony, historic presentation and celebration of the plaque’s re-emergence will be held at the DuBois Museum and community space in Mount Hope. We expect some DuBois students to be in attendance at the event, which will be held almost 59 years to the date that the new school opened on Feb. 1, 1954. The ceremony and celebrations will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum’s building at 116 Main St., Mount Hope. Food and music from jazz pianist Nate Shelton, who recently donated a piano to DuBois on Main, are also planned. The celebration kicks off a month’s worth of activities at the museum related to Fayette County’s black history. Check out this article for more information.
On Feb. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m., Danny Wright — historian, Fayette County circuit clerk and a DuBois On Main board member — will share the history of four black legislators from Fayette County who served in the House of Delegates from 1896 to 1918.
Then on Feb. 23, an exhibit on “The Bowles Family” will be revealed. William and Annie Bowles lived on Mound Street in Mount Hope. Both William, born in 1873 in Coalburg, and Annie, born in 1885, were school teachers at black schools in southern West Virginia. They married in 1912. About 15 years ago, Jean Evansmore (President of DuBois on Main) was given a garbage bag full of diplomas, awards, report cards, photographs and other documents related to the Bowles family. For years, she has served as the historian for the DuBois Reunion, which happens every year in Beckley and attracts alumni from all over the country. “You will learn so many little interesting facts from that collection because of those many documents that were kept,” says Evansmore.