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 A teacher in the primary grades, Hygienic School, 1910.A student in the primary grades, Hygienic School, 1910.



the 20th Century

George Lake Imes

George Lake Imes graduated from Steelton High School in 1900, and his name is found in an old school theme book containing the names of 284 African American graduates of Steelton High School.  The book covers 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 Friends 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:
Friends of Midland, P. O. Box 7442, Steelton, Pennsylvania 17113-0442.
Friends of Midland

I Knew Carver, by George Lake Imes.  Book cover, published 1943.George Lake Imes, the son of George Imes and Lucinda Clark, was born October 12, 1883 in Franklin County.  Both his father, George Imes, and his older sister Aura Imes, taught at the Hygienic School in Steelton.  George attended the Hygienic School, then went on to study at Steelton High School, graduating in 1900, one of six African American students in that class.

He is most noted for his post as Secretary of the Tuskegee Institute, where he worked closely with Booker T. Washington and became well acquainted with George Washington Carver.  His twenty-five year association with Dr. Carver led to the publication of a booklet in 1943, I Knew Carver.  Dr. Imes also was the Director of the radio program "My People."  The noted Black physicist Elmer Samuel Imes was first cousin to George.  Elmer S. Imes, the second African American to earn a Ph.D., served at Fisk University as Professor of Physics and Head of the Physics Department from 1930 until his death in 1941.


"Imes Descendants" Retrieved July 30, 2002 from the World Wide Web: (page no longer active)

"Elmer Samuel Imes," The Faces of Science, African Americans in the Sciences.  Retrieved October 28 from the World Wide Web: (page no longer active)

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