Graduation Class of 1900
(Retrieved and transcribed from the May 11 and May 25, 1900,
editions of The Clarksburg Telegram by Nanci Headley Kotowski)
|Bessie W. Martin – second honor
Fannie Mae Bowyer – first honor student
Robert Beckwith – third honor student
Grace D. Grayson
COLORED SCHOOL GRADUATES
The commencement of the high school
department of the colored schools of the city will be held in Central school
hall on the evening of May 21.
Mae Bowyer is first honor student, followed closely by Miss Martin and Mr. Beckwith, as second and third honor pupils respectively.
Rev. W. F. Tyree, of the Southern Methodist church, will deliver the Baccalaureate sermon on the evening of the 20th.
After the commencement exercises the Aneta [sic] No. 19 K. of P. will banquet the class.
There will not be the closing exercises of the different rooms publicly as there has been heretofore. Mr. Sedwick, however, will give an exhibition in Water street church on Wednesday evening, the 16th of May. The Proceeds will be devoted to the increase of the school library.
The enrollment in the colored schools
has been the greatest in its history and promises to be even greater in
the next scholastic year.
COLORED SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT
There were six Graduates, and They
all Acquitted Themselves Well.
The commencement exercises of the
Clarksburg Colored School took place at the Central School Hall, Monday
evening, May 21, at 8 o’clock. There were six graduates, namely,
Misses Grace D. Grayson, Mamie F. Johnson, Estella M. Cambric, Bessie W.
Martin, Fannie M. Bowyer and Mr. Robert Beckwith. The young ladies
read essays as follows:
The programme [sic] was quite lengthy, elaborate and good, including marches and choruses, invocation and benediction by Rev. Robert Steele, an address by Mr. J. E. Law and the presentation of diplomas, by Superintendent Burdette, besides the essays and oration already mentioned.
Mr. Law’s theme was “The Advancement of the Race,” which he handled in an able manner. His address was short, but to the point and worthy because of the profundity of thought and chastity of words. He spoke of the opportunities of the colored race as compared with the whites, in which he showed that the colored people were constantly advancing and had made wonderful progress in the last thirty years. He pointed out some notable examples such as Bruce, the famous colored congressman, and Booker, the great colored educator. Mr. Law emphasized honesty and industry among the colored people, and gave wholesome advice along other lines. His address was well received and he was given gratifying applause.
The graduates acquitted themselves with commendatory credit and demonstrated themselves to be student of more than usual intellectuality, scholars, indeed, of whom our citizens are justly proud.
After the exercises closed, the Knights of Pythias, colored, banqueted the graduates and friends at the Reed Hall, as has been the custom of Anita Lodge several years. The banquetters [sic] had a glorious time. They indulged themselves in dancing, and had a cake walk, and partook of refreshments fit for a king.
The commencement and banquet both may well be deemed really brilliant.