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Page students learn about local African American history

Page Middle School sixth graders went on an African American Heritage Tour on Feb. 28, boarding school buses for a day-long trip through Gloucester County.

The sixth grade teachers worked out the tour using resources provided by the Fairfield Foundation and Dr. Dorothy Cooke, which included information for each location along with historical and recent photographs of the sites. 

With the trip, students were able to take a step back in time and learn more about local influential figures and their stories. Each location offered a unique piece of history that is often overlooked by residents who live among the legendary sites.

The tour began at 8 a.m. and took students to Main Street where they drove by Thomas Calhoun Walker’s home, Watkins Florist and Motel, and the Gloucester Museum of History, where an exhibit for Black History Month honoring the late Eldridge N. Cook of Gloucester was on display.

From there they visited the Servants Plot, where white indentured servan...

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