B.T. Washington and Pensacola High Schools and Ransom School Classes Celebrate Reunions

B.T. Washington and Pensacola High Schools and Ransom School Classes Celebrate Reunions

The Booker T. Washington and Pensacola High School Classes of 1970 and the Ransom School classes from 1945 to 1969 celebrated their reunions this past weekend in Pensacola, Florida. Both celebrations were held over the three day weekend of June 26th through June 28th with Meet and Greet events, banquets, and church services.

The Booker T. Washington and Pensacola High School Classes held their Meet and Greet event at the Kappa House on West Gonzalez Street on Friday June 26th. The following evening, the classes sponsored their banquet at the E.S. Cobb Center and joined together in worship at St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday June 28th at the 11:00 AM service.

The officers of the 1970 classes are Cassandra Witherspoon, President; Larry Stallworth, Vice President; Rosa Jones, Secretary; Agnes Hollinghead, Treasurer; and Alvin Kelly, Chaplin.

The Ransom School Reunion Meet and Greet was held Friday evening at the Holiday Inn on North Davis just north of the Davis Highway Interstate I-10 exit. Their Reunion Picnic was held in Quintet Park on Saturday and their Reunion Worship Service was held at Union Baptist Church in Molino on Sunday at 11:00 AM.

The Reunion Banquet was also held on Friday evening with an emphasis on the importance of voting in local, state and national elections. The Banquet Program had on its cover “Black Lives Matter!!! Banquet” with the word “Vote!!!” in red just below the program title. The program included a presentation on the history of Ransom School, recognition of faculty, and classes and memorial tributes.

The officers of the Ransom School Reunion Committee are Ramon Underwood, Chairman; Valedia Burns, Co-Chair; Herbert Williams, Co-Chair; and Ida Zigler, Treasurer. There were several teachers who returned for the reunion such as the first Ransom Band Director, John D. Beck; Millie Benjamin, Typing Instructor; Ethel Wingate, Drivers Education and Health Instructor; Marie Earnestine Wilson and Doris Parker, Elementary School Instructors.

Ramon Underwood drove by the Ransom School location only to discover the building had been demolished by the Escambia County School District in 2014. The school district ignored the requests from the Cantonment Community Improvement Committee, led by its President Josh Womack, to convert the building into a community resource center and preserve its presence in the community as a significant historical site for the Cantonment community.

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