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The William Penn Oral History Collection


The William Penn Project is a classroom-based service learning initiative that explores and shares the history of a segregated African American high school in High Point, North Carolina from its founding in 1892 through its closure in 1968. Undergraduate students at High Point University and high school students at the Penn-Griffin School for the Arts (which inhabits the buildings that used to hold William Penn High School) are doing archival research and oral history interviews with alumni and using that evidence to build a website on the history of the school. More memorabilia and information can be found at the William Penn Project on Biblioboard.

Oral History Interviews – Alumni

Peggy AllenGwyn DavisJeanette Porter
John BarberMurray DavisHank Pressley
Mary Lou BlakeneyFreddye Dixon
Willie Pressley
Yvonne Bostic-ShortDiane DouglasClara Saulter
Bob BrownBetty FosterJimmy Scott
Charles ByrdCarlvena FosterAnnie Sturdivant
Jerry CampJackie HaizlipGerald Truesdale
Albert CampbellRon HuttonHank Wall
Barbara CarterBurdell KnightHerbert Wiley
Glenn ChavisLaverne LucasArlean Wilkes
Julius ClarkLateef MangumRoger Wilson
Dorothy CollinsBerenice MayfieldFred Wright
Elwyn CrawfordJerry Mingo

Oral History Interviews – Supporters

Anne AndrewsDorothy KearnsLinda Willard


Snapshot, 1958

Miss William Penn Court, 1958

William Penn Majorettes, 1962

William Penn High School, 1966

Pennpoint, 1966

Graduation, 1966




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