Sunday, July 1, 2018
Honor the history and legacy of New Hanover County’s premier African American educational institution, Williston Senior High School, at a special program. Hear from members of the community about their Williston experiences. Learn about the role the school played as a site of academic excellence and community pride.
Between 1923 and 1968, Williston was the only African American high school in the county. Despite the Brown V. Board of Education decision in 1954, North Carolina’s schools remained racially segregated into the late 1960s. In June of 1968, the New Hanover County School Board voted to close Williston over the summer and divide its students between New Hanover High School and John T. Hoggard High School.