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Burton Street School students c. 1925

The Burton Street Community Center occupies a building that served as the second Burton Street School, built in 1928.  The first one, constructed on the same site, around the current driveway, accommodated about 120 students.  After Burton Street, which went up through the sixth grade, students went to Hill Street School.  Some girls went to Allen School.  At the old Burton Street school, a two-room building, former student Edna Ford said in 1991, “you stepped right off the porch right into the street … A (water) pump was right by the street.  It was a two-teacher school, and the principal had part of the grades.  Mrs. Hattie Love was an early teacher, and later became principal of the new school.  Schools were segregated.  African-American children attended Tuesday to Saturday so that they could get the clothes for their mothers to wash on Monday and return on Saturday.  In 1927, Love brought Mrs. Gertrude Jones from Winston-Salem to teach at Burton.  “That was when we had six teachers,” Jones said in 1991, “and the children, from the first three grades attended school in the morning; then the fourth, fifth, and sixth in the afternoon.  After they opened the new school, we had plenty of room, and they could come all day.”

 

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