following is an addendum to our transcription of an old school theme book containing the
names of 284 African American graduates of Steelton High School.
This list is from Gene Allen and covers the years 1943, 1951 and 1952.
The original book
covered the time period from 1885 to 1940, and lists the Black graduates
for each year. The book was supplied by Clayton C. Carelock of the
of Midland organization. Originally formed to rescue
and rehabilitate the historic Midland Cemetery, the Friends of Midland
also have an interest in local African American history, including the
Hygienic School. They are very interested in hearing from former
students of the Hygienic School, and any of the Steelton High students, or
their descendants, listed here, and can be contacted at the following address:
"One of the traditions in Steelton was for families to buy yearbooks regardless of whether they had graduates in the class. That being said, there must be a collection in the libraries or at the very least, in people's homes. I can't imagine that the long-time residential families would not have these yearbooks from which you could get the info you desire."
"From the Class of 1943 were:
"From the Class of 1951, as I recall there were 23 Black graduates. Among them were:
"From the Class of 1952 were:
"Please let me know how this project goes. I would love to see a complete list published. As you can see, differentiating who went to Hygienic versus the complete list of Black SHS graduates will be a daunting task. So many dropped out in Hygienic or before graduating. Would there be any historical information in the papers of Samuel H. Coles or Rev. Vernon R. James (or other Hygienic teachers)?"
Email correspondence, Gene Allen to Barbara Barksdale, "Re: Steelton High School Graduates," July 26, 28, 2005.
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