June 26, 2018 by DuboisOnMain
As you may have noticed, I am not at all good at updating this site, and at the same time, I am not ready to close it. I do inform people that we have a Facebook site, “DuBois on Main”, and it is updated more frequently than the website.
Meanwhile, we are working on doing an inventory of the museum and logging it onto Google Docs. It was a learning experience for me. Kyle Warmack, AmeriCorps, taught me by using Skype and it wasn’t as hard as I expected. This experience has re-acquainted me with many items in the museum and has me considering other display ideas. The plan is to have many items scanned this fall so this history can be protected and shared.
DuBois High School Reunion
2018 is the year of the 22nd. DuBois High School Reunion. This event will be held here in Fayette County with headquarters at the Holiday Lodge in Oak Hill, WV on Labor Day weekend, Friday, August 31 till Sunday, September 2, 2018. We are looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
We also have two new events scheduled. On Saturday, September 1, 2018, we will visit the Whipple Company Store Museum and be given a tour by owner, Joy Lynn. Around noon, after the tour, we will come to Mt. Hope where we will have a dedication of the new WV Historical Marker. It commemorates the desegregation of the new DuBois High School by transferring white students from Mt. Hope High and renaming the school, Mt. Hope High School. This fact was brought to our attention as a result of research done by Hailey Horn while studying African American history under Dr. Trowbridge at Marshall University a few years ago. As you probably know, that is an unusual situation for a secondary school. In this case, DuBois High was a new state-of-the-art building that took almost four years to be finished so students could be educated in a proper building. February 1, 1954 was the first day of classes in the new building. Brown vs Board of Education Supreme Court decision was May 17, 1954 which made racial segregation of children in public schools unconstitutional. DuBois High School was desegregated and renamed by August 1956, a little over two years since opening. That act has been confirmed to be of great historical significance and our fundraising efforts were met with great success in a short period of time!
DuBois High School WV Historical Marker
We will have the first WV historical marker in Mt. Hope. It will be posted along the Bypass, Rt. 16, at the back of the school, acknowledging what happened when I was a sophomore at DuBois High School. Two years in DuBois High and two years in Mt. Hope High…..same building. Come by on Sept. 1, 2018 around noon. We will publicize this event. Check Facebook and newspapers.