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Remnant Of Black History Remains Relevant

Agnes Wilson says it almost feels like she went to school and never left.
"I'm a dinosaur because I have been here for so long," says Wilson, who's a receptionist for Transylvania County schools.

The building she works in was once the place that inspired her as a student. It's the site of the old Rosenwald School.

"I feel at home. I feel very comfortable," Wilson says about the place where African-American kids were encouraged to work hard and dream big before integration.

"While we were all different families, we were one," the 71-year-old recalls. Wilson went on to be a substitute and teacher's aid at Rosenwald.

Her working life has come full circle, back at the school again. 50 years after the integration of Transylvania County schools, the old school setting is on her mind daily.

"That makes you think about where you came from. What it was like," she said, introducing us to another Almunus who's now an interim teacher at Brevard Middle.

Lewis Whiteside, Sr. has fond memories of Rosenwald.

"We were viewed as inferior, that we should be segregated. But when we entered the doors the teachers made us feel like we were important," said Whiteside. "That we could be anything we wanted to be if we set our minds to it."

Rosenwald school closed in the 1960's but remains open in the hearts of so many. It's a standing chapter of Brevard's history.
Agnes Wilson is reminded everytime she comes to work. "This building's saying I'm still here!"       

By John Le
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