COLORED SCHOOL GRADUATES.
Thecommencement of the high school department of the colored schools of the citywill be held in Central school hall on the evening of May 21.
Therewill be a class of six as follows: F. Mae Bowyer, Bessie W. Martin, Robert Beckwith,Grace D. Grayson, Mamie Johnson and Estella M.Cambric. Mae Bowyer is first honorstudent, followed closely by Miss Martin and Mr. Beckwith, as second and thirdhonor pupils respectively.
Rev.W. F. Tyree, of the Southern Methodist church, will deliver the Baccalaureatesermon on the evening of the 20th.
Afterthe commencement exercises the Aneta [sic] No. 19 K.of P. will banquet the class.
Therewill not be the closing exercises of the different rooms publicly as there hasbeen heretofore. Mr. Sedwick,however, will give an exhibition in Waterstreet church on Wednesday evening, the 16thof May. The Proceeds will be devoted tothe increase of the school library.
Theenrollment in the colored schools has been the greatest in its history and promisesto be even greater in the next scholastic year.
[source:The Clarksburg Telegram, May 11, 1900;retrieved and transcribed by Nanci Headley Kotowski]
Therewere six Graduates, and
They allAcquitted Them-
Thecommencement exercises of the ClarksburgColoredSchooltook place at the Central School Hall, Monday evening, May 21, at 8o’clock. There were six graduates,namely, Misses Grace D. Grayson, Mamie F. Johnson,Estella M. Cambric, Bessie W. Martin, Fannie M. Bowyer and Mr. RobertBeckwith. The young ladies read essaysas follows:
“TheWhite Man’s Burden,” Grace D. Grayson; “Macbeth, a Study,” MamieF. Johnson; “The Boer War,” Estella M. Cambric; “Conservation of Energy,”Bessie W. Martin; “Trades [sic] Unions,” Fannie M. Bowyer, and Robert Beckwith gavean oration of “The Policy of Expansion.” It will be noticed that these are rather heavy and deep subjects, butthey handled their productions with great credit and mastered the leadingthemes of the day in an admirable and superior manner.
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. Lawand the presentation of diplomas, by Superintendent Burdette, besides theessays and oration already mentioned.
Mr.Law’s theme was “The Advancement of the Race,” which he handled in an ablemanner. His address was short, but tothe point and worthy because of the profundity of thought and chastity ofwords. He spoke of the opportunities ofthe colored race as compared with the whites, in which he showed that thecolored people were constantly advancing and had made wonderful progress in thelast thirty years. He pointed out somenotable examples such as Bruce, the famous colored congressman, and Booker, thegreat colored educator. Mr. Lawemphasized honesty and industry among the colored people, and gave wholesomeadvice along other lines. His addresswas well received and he was given gratifying applause.
Thegraduates acquitted themselves with commendatory credit and demonstratedthemselves to be student of more than usual intellectuality, scholars, indeed,of whom our citizens are justly proud.
Afterthe exercises closed, the Knights of Pythias,colored, banqueted the graduates and friends at the Reed Hall, as has been thecustom of Anita Lodge several years. Thebanquetters [sic] had a glorious time. They indulged themselves in dancing, and hada cake walk, and partook of refreshments fit for a king.
Thecommencement and banquet both may well be deemed really brilliant.
[source:The Clarksburg Telegram, May 25, 1900;retrieved and transcribed by Nanci Headley Kotowski]