With a generous grant from the Carroll & Grace “Patsy” Guynn Memorial Fund*, one of several donor-advised funds at our Community Foundation, a team of faculty and students from Mary Baldwin University began recording on video the stories of Staunton’s Booker T. Washington High School alumni and others who grew up in the neighborhoods around the former African-American school. The Mary Baldwin team recorded over 600 hours of oral history over a two-year period. From this resource they produced a two-hour DVD entitled “Threads of History: Conversations with a Community”, which they made available for its inaugural viewing at a public event on December 6, 2016. “Threads of History” is now available for purchase at the Mary Baldwin University campus store in the lower level of Hunt Dining Hall, and through their online store (see their General Merchandise category). All proceeds from the sale of the DVD will support the Booker T. Washington Alumni Association Scholarship. You may also purchase the DVD for a limited time at the R.R. Smith Center for History & Art gift shop. The Community Foundation is honored to have played a role in recording and preserving the stories of Booker T. Washington High School alumni and teachers, and the threads that linked all aspects of their lives in a segregated Staunton and through the integration of our public schools.
* Additional support for “Threads of History” was provided by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Mary Baldwin University.