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Eastern High School

In partnership with with the Eastern High School community, Capitol Hill Community Foundation, and Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, The Story of Our Schools helped develop an exhibit that celebrated the centennial anniversary of Eastern’s building on East Capitol Street. Our team searched local archives for materials to build out the exhibit content, as well as connected with Eastern alumni and area residents to capture the voices within the school’s walls over time.

Led by Ellen Dodsworth, our participating high school students learned about the history of Eastern based on the information collected. With a special guest appearance from Rodney Red Grant, our students learned techniques to create documentary videos based on a piece of their “school story” that interested them the most.

The exhibit, “100 Years of Eastern High School,” is now proudly displayed in the main lobby of the school, wrapping itself around the alumni staircase. This space greets visitors with a visual timeline of the school’s history. Three-dimensional artifacts are displayed in the case directly behind the staircase, and a digital archive shows students’ films and photographs of life at Eastern.

Franklin McCain, a prominent civil rights activist and member of the Greensboro Four, was an Eastern alum. In honor of his incredible contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, the exhibit includes a replica of Woolworth’s diner counter where his famous sit-in occurred. Our “counter” displays student activism at Eastern throughout time and provides a space in which students can meet and engage with the exhibit content directly.