Green-Stevenson, May 15, 2003
I was searching for
information on the William Howard Day Cemetery when I came across this
site which brought back so many memories from my childhood. My
grandfather settled in Harrisburg from Havana, Cuba in the late 1800's
and my grand mother was from Virginia. I too went to Wickersham School
and remember a few of the teachers: Ms. Jones, Mrs. Helena Coates-Spradley
(who married my cousin) and the principal, who at that time was Ms.
Catherine Johnson. My sister and I spent first and second grades at the
Central School because Wickersham was overcrowded. We were taught
by a wonderful women by the name of Helen Armstrong who not only
supplied her class with graham crackers and milk but shared her
daughter's playhouse and dolls. Also, she made home visits to let
our parents know how we were progressing in school. One day my
mother got tired of us using the old, torn books from Boas School and
marched my sister and I down there. She probably had the first
sit-in at a Harrisburg school as she would not leave until we were
enrolled. They eventually did, even though they threatened
there we went to the old Camp Curtin Junior High school on 6th
Street and graduated from William Penn High in 1956. My
husband graduated from Steel-High, during which, at that time, the
senior prom was segregated! We love the site and will
continue to give it our attention!
see photographs submitted by Sheila Green-Stevenson, click
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