Prior to 1920, a group of concerned African American citizens which included Reverend Samuel B. Ross, Samuel Tucker, Henry Taylor, Blanche Parker Taylor and the alumni from the Hallowell and Snowden Schools pressured the City of Alexandria for a new school building. By 1920, the African American community had a new school located at Alfred and Wythe Streets. The school was named after two former principals at Snowden and Hallowell Schools, John F. Parker and Sarah A. Gray.
The First Faculty at Parker-Gray School included one principal and ten teachers in 1920.
Mr. Henry T. White – Principal – taught 7th grade
Reverend Andrew Warren (A.W.) Adkins – taught 4th and 5th grades
Mrs. Mayme Anderson – taught 5th grade
Miss Laura A. Dorsey – taught 1st grade
Mrs. Sarah D. Gray – taught 3rd grade
Mr. James E. Howard – taught 3rd grade
Mr. Rozier D. Lyles – taught 6th grade
Mrs. Susie Madden – taught 2nd grade
Mrs. Florence Murray – taught 2nd grade
Mrs. Harriet E. Thornton – taught 5th grade
Mrs. Margaret Young – taught 1st grade
4 thoughts on “1920 Parker-Gray Class”
Harriet E. Thornton is my great grandmother’s sister. She is the fourth person from the back left in this 1920 Parker-Gray photo.However, she is listed as Mayme Anderson. In the 1956 photo I sent you at the time of her retirement you can see the likeness. Hopefully, you can make the necessary change for historical accuracy.Thanks for a wonderful, informative website.
Thanks Karen. I have made the correction.
I love all the work you are doing and its so great to see so much information in one place. I especially love this picture because I see so many familiar faces. It brings back so many memories and it is a reminder of the strong and dedicated individuals who took the time to educate African American students during difficult times.
Thanks Gwen! Tell Mr. Day hello!