“We learn not for school, but for life.”
Education in Wilmington has a long, rich tradition, and the name “Williston” has been associated with schooling here since the 1860s. What began as an American Missionary Association school became — between 1923 and the day it closed its doors in 1968 — the only high school for African Americans in New Hanover County.
The memory of Williston lives on through the work of a very active alumni association. Through the Williston Alumni Association’s generosity, the Museum’s auditorium is named to honor the school that so successfully served the African American community.