ECTS reunion slated for Sept. 22 at The Club

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, September 5, 2018

School memories aren’t dying anytime soon as a reunion will be held on Sept. 22 for those who attended the Escambia County Training School.

Committee President Yvonne Grissett-Archie said the school existed from 1926-1970 prior to integration. She said the reunion, which is being held in its second year, is for those who attended ECTS.

“We still have that love for Escambia County Training School,” she said. “With the love we have for the school, we just didn’t want to let our school memories die. Every black household in Atmore has someone who attended the school.

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“We just wanted to make sure we hold on to the memories,” she said.

The reunion will be held at The Club, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22. Tickets are $30 each. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Additionally, other than live music, speakers will be present to talk about the history of the school, which was recently added to the Alabama Historical Commission as a historical marker.

“I think everyone who has contacted us is looking forward to it,” Grissett-Archie said. “It’s just a special event for us, just for the love of our school and our principal, Mr. Woodrow McCorvey.”

Grissett-Archie said the importance of the reunion centers around making sure the children know about their childhoods. She was a part of the first integration class in 1971.

“I tell my children about my childhood as a student all the time,” she said. “If you don’t know where you’ve been, you don’t’ know where you’re going.”

Those who would like tickets to the event can contact any committee member.