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Milton School Reunion Remembers Black History

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - Alumni of the Milton Elementary School 196-C, which was an all African American school in the 50s, gathered Saturday for a luncheon to reminisce about their shared history.

The school was located off Route 16 in Milton. The "C"stands for colored. After being closed for many years, the school was torn down a few years ago.
According to Milton Councilwoman Stell Parker Selby, she organized this event to remember the African American history the school left behind.

"The lesson today is never forget where you came from," she said. "Always be there, respect others and help others learn."

Alumni who attended the luncheon, like Gaylon Parker of Philadelphia, were excited to meet up with old friends and discuss what the school meant to them.

 "Coming back is also good to come together and see each other, meet and greet and understand that we made it through some tough times really through the segregation of in the early 50s through the 60s and to understand that you can make it through," Parker said.

One of Selby's teachers was even in attendance. Anna W. Henry said she hopes that by remembering their shared history, they can help others as well.

 "They always want to say well that's in the past," she explained. "But my thought is there's some things in the past that can be used in the future."
Selby also wants people to know the history of desegregation in Sussex County.

"We're just happy to be able to say that 196-c integraCed very quietly and successfully with the Milton special school district," she said. "Later to become the Cape Henlopen School district."

There were also state legislatures at the luncheon, and Selby said she hopes this event will help achieve her goal of making the site of the old school a historic landmark.
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