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The Mayme Carmichael School organization Inc. will have the inaugural reunion for Oliver Springs Colored School from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 in Oliver Springs Disabled American Veterans Building at 530 Kingston Ave.
Alfred Larry Boulware will be the master of ceremonies.
Several former students will reflect on their school days in Oliver Springs.
The school for African American children existed as early as the 1879-80 school year. School always opened with a devotion of singing Bible songs, reading Bible verses and praying. Evangelists from Cedine Bible Camp of Spring City often led Bible study.
According to sources, Mayme Carmichael was the school’s longest-serving teacher. She started teaching in 1924 at Damascus School in Washington County. She also taught in Jonesboro, Morgan County, Oliver Springs and Rockwood.
She retired on May 27, 1966, with more than 40 years of teaching experience. She taught at least three generations.
The Oliver Springs Colored School closed its doors at the end of 1965-66 school year with a total of 27 students.
During the 1966-67 school year, Oliver Springs schools were fully integrated.