The newsletter of the Gilmore Academy-Jackson County Training School Alumni Association, Inc.
Vol. 1 No. 3
Roy L Roulhac, Editor
1998 GA-JCTS ALL School Reunion Plans Set
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 1998 GA-JCTS Alumni Association's All-School Reunion, July 2-5, 1998, in
Marianna The tentative schedule includes:
Thursday, July 2, 1998
3 pm Registration - McLane Community Center
6 pm Reception - McLane Community Center
Friday, July 3, 1998
9:30 am Spelling Bees St Luke Baptist Church
1 pm Oratorical Contest -St James AME Church Afternoon - Class Meetings
6 pm Banquet/Class Elections National Guard Armory
Saturday, July 4, 1998
10 am GA-JCTS Alumni Association, Inc., Annual Meeting
Mt Olive Baptist Church
12 noon Picnic - Sunland Industrial Park
8 pm Talent Show - Marianna High School
Sunday, July 5
11 AM Worship Service
2nd W. FL. Missionary Baptist Church Facility -Pennsylvania Avenue
On Sunday, July 21, 1997, the GA-JCTS Alumni Association, Inc., held its first annual meeting at St. Luke Baptist Church, 524 Orange Street, Marianna. The interim officers and board of directors listed on the masthead were elected.
The 1996 Reunion Steering Committee - Mattie Fagan Berrien, Linda Darby Jones, Roymonia Paramore Robinson, Elmer Roger Clay, Gina Darby Highsmith, Barbara Thompson Johnson, Verna' Black Mack, and Gwen Inez Swilley Summer - agreed to coordinate the 1998 All School Reunion. Volunteer to serve on a planning committee by calling (904) 526-4714.
The treasurer reported that seventy-five (75) GA-JCTS alumni became incorporators by paying dues by January 15,1997, and as of July 21,1997, twenty-six (26) GA-JCTS alumni had become charter members. The cut-off point for charter membership was extended from December, 1997 to July, 1998. As initial projects, it was agreed that the Association would initiate campaigns to.' (J) rename Marianna Middle School to the Robert T. Gilmore Middle School, and, (2) seek designation of the original location of Gilmore Academy as a state historic site and erect a historic marker. By-laws will be adopted, officers and a board of directors elected, and Association priorities established during the ~998 annual meeting.
Attending the 1997 annual meeting were: Danny Sylvester, '71; Willie L. Cooper, '44; Plassie Neal, '44; Queen B. Brown, '44; Christine Clemmons, '51; Linda Darby Jones, '66; Bernice Robinson, '43; Eva Simpson, '43; Dorothy Adams Harley, '63; lola
Rivers Bell, '53; Barbara Dixon, '53; Eddie M. Everett, '51; Edna Purdee Truitt, '67; Hattie MeCollough, '49; Lillie B. Robinson, '53; Marilyn Long,'63; Elease Philyor Wynn, '61; Gwen Inez Swilley, '47; all of Marianna. Thomas Crawford, Poughkeepsie NY, '54; Roy L. Roulhac, '61, Detroit MI; Mary Wadsworth White, '55, Dallas TX; Venia' Black Mack, '74 and Billie Mack, '69, Tallahassee
GA-JCTS Web Site
The GA-JCTS Web page is under construction at:
Anyone interested in helping to develop the Site should contact the editor.
The GA-JCTS Alumni Association Inc., announces its first national spelling bees. The spelling bees, designed to promote literacy and scholarship, will be held 1 p.m. Friday July 2, 1998, at St Luke Baptist Church. The spelling bees are open to students who were in the following grades during the 1997-98 school year:
(A) 3rd, 4th and 5th grades (B) 6th, 7th or 8th grades
The top three spellers will be awarded cash scholarships as follows: 1st Place - $150; 2nd Place - $100; and 3rd Place -$50.
Do You Remember
By William (Poupe) E. Long, Jr.
I was in the 7th grade when I left Jackson County Training School to attend Marianna High School. But when I left JCTS, I carried the memories with me.
Do you remember those good old times we used to have at Jackson County Training School?
Remember the May Day Celebration and students slipping off to River's Inn?
Remember the good times we shared at the football games at the Boys School? Remember the good players we had ... Bruton, John Hooks, Elmer Roulhac, J.C. Wynn, Big Red from Sneads, Norman Thomas, Bernard Cooper, Jonathan Robinson, just to name a few?
Remember the times we had the gym rocking while playing basketball ... Gary Robinson, Wilburt Butler, Thomas Stephens, Willie Burke, Howard Jones, Chalmers Wilson, and many more too numerous to name here?
Remember the cheerleaders?
Remember the "sock socials" that 'were held at the McLane Community Center where we came together to celebrate a victory of any kind?
- Remember the marching band under the direction of Mr. Miller; and then Mr. Sweeney? I can see them marching down Orange Street during our homecoming parade.
Remember -the aroma from the c6oking that was
· being done in the Home Economics department when Mrs. Reba Long was teaching?
Remember Principal Harley urging us to move on
down the halls to get to class?
I remember many people that have long since left the area. How many of your classmates are you still in contact with? How about letting them know about the GA4CTS Alumni Association.
This Association can become as large and productive
as we make it. How about contacting at least two
people and have them join our group.
Remember the friends we made from Cottondale, Sneads, Jerusalem, Mt. Olive, Pope Chapel, Grand Ridge and other small surrounding areas?
Memories, what a wonderful thing to have!!!
Choir Members Needed
Former members of glee club, church choirs, quartets, etc. are needed for a mass choir during the GA-JCTS Sunday worship service.
Come to Me
Come, grab hold, as we delve into the twisted corridors of this tortured soul.
Come close as we spin a tale of grief and woe, one that takes you to places that you never ever wanted to go.
Come on over and feed the raging fire as we wallow in the ceaseless desire.
Come to me and you will see all that is but should not be.
Come for the pleasure, forgetting pain; loving the lust but hiding the shame.
Come into my world if you dare, but once you are inside be sure to proceed with care.
Come on in where for every win there must be a loss and where everyone will eventually pay the cost.
Coming in first, while finishing dead last as we run to the future hoping to hide from our past.
Come, sweet tender one, come to me, sample all my fruits but please realize that nothing is free
Come with me as we fight through this mess and try to find an end to this long winding road of loneliness.
Come tome during the cold stillness of the night and fill me with your warmth and precious light.
Come now, reach deeper insider, so that you may explore each and every little thing that I have tried to hide.
Come and we will fall so deeply in love and hopefully find the sweet hand to fit this lonely glove.
By Ronald L McGriff
Jackson County History
l. Why did the Florida legislature pass a law in 1858 allowing free blacks who wished to become slaves to choose their own masters?
2. The first school for blacks in Marianna was started in 1865 by _________ and ________, two Union soldiers.
3. On April 30, 1867, Elijah Williams, a former Jackson County slave, was granted a patent by the U.S. Patent Office for his invention of a __________ for use in shallow water such as the Apalachicola River.
The support expressed during the 1996 all-school reunion to establish a Gilmore Academy-Jackson County Training School Alumni Association has resulted in fmancial commitments by 111 alumni as of September 25, 1997. The Association was incorporated as a Michigan non-profit organization on April 3, 1997.
Internal Revenue Service regulations provide that alumni associations may quality for exemption from federal income tax as a 501(c)(3) organization if it is organized to promote the welfare of a school with which it is affiliated, is subject to the control of the school regarding its policies and destination of funds, and is operated as an integral part of the school. Since neither school exists, it is impossible for the Association to meet this specific test.
The Association may, however, qualify as a 501 (c)(3) organization rather that as a 501 (c)(7) social club organized for pleasure, recreation, and other similar non-~profitable purposes, if it is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, scientific, or literary purposes.
During the 1998 reunion, the Association's mission will be defined. Your input is essential, I believe that we can call forth out innate genius, talents, gifts and abilities to make the Association a viable organization which stimulates a love of learning, personal growth, and community development and empowerment.
I am excited about the possibilities. Together we can make a difference.
The GA-JCTS Alumni Association, Inc., announces its first Essay and Oratorical contests. The contests, designed to encourage and promote oral and written communication, are open to students who were in grades 7 through 12 during the 1997-98 school year. Students may enter the essay or the oratorical contest.
Students may enter the essay contest by writing a 300-word essay on the following topic:
Framing The Past -
Visualizing The Future
Each essay should be typed or neatly written and include a cover page with the following information: name, age, grade during the 1997-98 school year and address. No identifying information should be placed on the essay. The top two essay contest winners will receive scholarship awards of $150 and $100, respectively. Essays must be postmarked by Friday May 1, 1998, and sent to:
GA-JCTS Alumni Ass'n
2838 Pennsylvania Ave, Marianna FL 32448
The topic for the oratorical contest is:
contributions My Generation Can Make In the 21st Century
Students entering the oratorical contest should prepare a presentation on the above topic which is not less than 5 minutes and not more than 7 minutes long. The top two oratorical contest winners will receive scholarship awards of $200 and $150, respectively.
GA-JCTS memorabilia - photos of students, teachers, staff; buildings, newsletters, year books, trophies, awards, scrap books, etc., for a video project. Bring items to 1998 reunion. Create a display of GAJCTS memorabilia. Share.
Membership in the GA-JCTS Alumni Association, Inc., is open to all former staff and students of Gilmore Academy or J( of September 25, 1997, one-hundred eleven alumni had joined the Association. The ASS was incorporated as a Michigan no corporation in April 1997.
John J Batson ('55) St Petersburg FL
lola Bell ('53) Marianna FL
Shepard Bell ('58) Marianna FL
Mattie Berrian ('64) Miami FL
Georgia Bowen ('62) Tallahassee FL
Tereather Boykin ('50) Lakeland FL
James Caidwell ('63)' Spanaway WA
Elmer R Clay ('61) Marianna FL
Beatrice Cobb ('62) Miami FL
Eloise Cotman('51) Irvington NJ
Thomas Crawford ('54) Poughkeepsie NY
Valaria Davi~~70) Marianna FL
Benjamin Dickins ('58) Brandon FL
Amos DicksOn ('64) Rockingham NC
Annuel Franklin ('66) Graceville FL
Moses Freeman('53) Brandon FL
Annie Gibson ('41) Marianna FL
EIuise Gordon ('69) Tallahassee FL
Sam Graham ('51) Fairhaven MA
Dorothy Harley ('63) Marianna FL
Irma Hawkins ('47) Tallahassee FL
Lucy Hawthorne('56) Marianna FL
Dan Hester ('59) Hempstead NY
Gina Highsmith ('75) Marianna FL
Erma Hines Palatka FL
Lavern Holloman ('65) Plant City FL
Voncile Jackson('56) Huntsville AL
Arthur Johnson ('64) Spring Lake NC
Barbara Johnson ('62) Marianna FL
King David Jones ('59) Jacksonville FL
Linda Jones ('66) Marianna FL
Priscilla Keith ('64) Lakeland FL
Calvin Killings ('72) W Palm Beach FL
Quetta Latimer ('65) Huntington NY,
Betty Lattimore ('59) Miami FL
William Long Jr ('71) Tallahassee FL
Billie Mack ('69) Tallahassee FL
Mary Mack ('60) Panama City FL
Verna' Mack ('74) Tallahassee FL
Sheryl J McGriff ('78) Detroit MI
Willie H Morris ('53) Opa Locka FL
Sarah Pender ('57) Marianna FL
Mildred Pittman ('46) Lakes Wales FL
Dorothy Prather ('42) Gaithersburg MD
Roberta Pressley ('32) Marianna FL
Arskso Raines ('58) Plainsfield NJ
Mary Reeves ('58) Tallahassee FL
Connie Richardson ('65) Tallahassee FL
Billie Robinson ('52) Albany GA
Gussie Robinson ('42) Silver Springs MD
Roymonia Robinson ('75) Marianna FL
Idell Robinson ('54) Miami FL
Roy L Roulhac ('61) Detroit MI
Ruby Roulhac ('58) East Orange NJ
Clarence Sikes ('66) Tallahassee FL
Arthur Spears ('59) Colorado Springs CO
Nelson Speights ('52) Ettrick VA
Waymon Speight ('59) Freeport NY
Benjamin Stephens ('47) Brooklyn NY
Chrystelle Stewart ('43) St Petersburg FL
Sylvia Stroman ('75) Miami FL
Gwen I Summers ('47) Marianna FL
Dianne Thornton ('65) Ft Washington MD
Meredith Washington ('53) Chicago IL
Victoria Watts ('6Z East Orange NY
Cottee White ('58) Denver CO
Earl white ('51) Marianna FL
Juan White Washington DC
White Miami FL
Mary White ('55) Dallas TX
Sheldon white Washington DC
Martha Williams ('41) Marianna FL
Marcellus Wynn ('54) Hopkins SC
Sylvia Yon ('60) Cottondale FL
Annie Young ('51) Tallahassee FL
Maggie Atwater ('31) Marianna FL
Catherine Barkley ('51) Marianna FL
Lula Bell ('63) Marianna FL
Shirley Bronson ('54) Marianna FL
Qz'een Brown ('44) Marianna FL
Elmore Bryant (53) Marianna FL
Eulice Bryant ('53) Marianna FL
Christine Clemmons ('51) Marianna FL
Walter Cooper ('63) Scotch Plains NJ
Vivian Darby ('49) Marianna FL
Arthur Edwards ('66) Mims FL
Arnita Everett ('57) Knoxville TN
Joseph Fagan ('47) Marianna FL
Lula Gioson ('56) Irvington NJ
Gwen Godwin ('49) Mt Holley NJ
Frank Graham ('48) Tampa FL
Dorothy Hall ('62) Marianna FL
Morris HarrisQn (62) Tampa FL
Naomi Harrison (61) Orlando FL
Mitchell Haves ('47) Brooklyn NY
Richard Holland ('68) Riviera Beach FL
Marilyn Long ('63) Marianna FL
Addie Mack (66) Knoxville TN
Hattie McCoullough ('49) Marianna FL
Elizabeth McElveen (49) Ft Washington MD
Sam Pittman ('46) Marianna FL
Curley Potter ('63) Bronx NY
Julius Porter ('66) Houston TX
Carolyn Reed ('72) Marianna FL
Amos Robinson (62) Marianna FL
Bernice Robinson ('43) Marianna FL
Johnnie Robinson ('53) Ft Lauderdale FL
Eva Simpson ('43) Marianna FL
William Smith ('63) East Orange NJ
Irma Thomas ('64) Jacksonville FL
Vera B. Westbrook ('69) Jacksonville FL