Remembering Parker-Gray School from 1920-1965


2018 Parker-Gray Alumni Association’s Officers: First row, from left, Ida Gambrell, Helen Toms, Carolyn McCrae and Alice Thompson; back row, from left, Catherine Ward, Pearl Turner, Gertrude Murray, James Beatty and missing Lovell Lee.

Photo Courtesy of Adrianne Jewell

Before 1920, the Alexandria African Americans had two segregated elementary schools: Hallowell School for girls in the 400 block of North Alfred Street and Snowden School for boys in the 600 block of South Pitt Street that were founded in 1870. After years of overcrowding and deterioration of the school buildings, the African Americans demanded for better education and for better facilities for their…

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