Wickersham School Class, June 1939
is a picture of my sister's grade school class at Wickersham, taken in June of
1939. I apologize for the condition. Mom had to tape them!"
Editor's note: Tape marks and a severe crease were
retouched. Some yellowing at the bottom is still evident from the tape.
YMCA Women's Basketball Team
"There is a picture of the YMCA'S girls basketball team.
My sister is the tall girl in the back row. Two other girls look very
familiar but their names escape me. Maybe once the picture is posted,
someone will recognize the others. My sister's name is Virginia
That picture was taken by Henry O, Houze/Hooze, 1303 Wallace
Calobe Jackson, Jr. added the following
picture of the girls' basketball team shows Charlotte Tatum, 2nd row,
1st on left, and Jeannette Jones, 4th on right of the second row. It
also shows Wesley Bair in the 3rd row at left. Others look
familiar. Charlotte is now head of the Allison Hill Center on Walnut
Street. I will see her for identification.
Jones was a great track star of the early 1940's. She is featured in
the African American Museum of Harrisburg's sports exhibit at city hall.
She once held the American record for the 50-yard dash. We have
a picture in our exhibit that looks a lot like this one. Judith Fountain
is on the far right of the 1st row. Judith is now on the
Harrisburg School Board."
Birthday Party, Harrisburg, circa 1958
Sheila's comments: "This picture was taken at
the home of Mrs. Harriet Braxton, in the 2100 block of North Seventh Street.
Mrs. Braxton was at one time a member of the Harrisburg City Council and
a family friend!
"All of these children are probably grandparents by now. The
cake happens to be in front of my son, who is now 46 years old. It
was not his birthday but that of the adorable little girl to his left.
To his right are her two sisters. I would love to see all of them again
in the same position. I am certain their families will enjoy
the picture as much as I do!
"The children's birthday picture was taken by Woods
Studio, 926 N. Sixth Street, Harrisburg."
Editor's note: Click the image
above for a full-size picture. The picture of the Steel-High
football team that was on this page has been supplemented with more
football pictures and moved to this page.
Green-Stevenson to Afrolumens, July 15, 16, 24, 28 2003.
Correspondence, Calobe Jackson, Jr. to Afrolumens, July 16, 2003.
inscription on the reverse side of the Wickersham School photograph
identifies the date as June 7, 1939.
response to our question to Ms. Green-Stevenson as to whether the
basketball team was affiliated with the YWCA or the YMCA, she notes:
"The YWCA did not have the facilities. The YMCA had the basketball
court, swimming pool and bowling alley! The basketball team
played in a "Y" league that included teams from York,
Lancaster, Columbia and Coatesville, Pa. Those are the only cities I
extends its sincere thanks to Sheila Green-Stevenson for permission to
publish these photographs.
Football in the
School Prom, 1956
about the Wickersham School in Harrisburg:
Calobe Jackson, Jr., wrote about some of the African
American schools in Harrisburg
James C. Hoffman remembers attending Wickersham
and Downey schools
Sheila Green-Stevenson wrote about her Wickersham