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A Panhandle School is on the Endangered List

R. L. Hunnicutt R. L. Hunnicutt
Fredonia Hunnicutt Fredonia Hunnicutt

The Booker T. Washington school is a piece of living history.

But the students may never know the effects it had on their past because it may be gone soon.

Booker T. is on the 2008 Endangered Places in Texas List.

We met Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Hunnicutt who attended the school to find out what saving it means to them.

Attending the Booker T. Washington school in Wellington has made the Hunnicuts who they are today. R.L. told us how the school made him a better man, "It was real good in a way it was bad in a way ya know we had a lot of restrictions on us in the community and in our own community. There are a lot of things being allowed in school today that wasn't allowed when we were growing up. "

The Hunnicutt's take us back to the time when black kids couldn't be on the Wellington High School grounds.

But R. L. says that his teachers were dedicated. That helped him learn and stay focused in the lil black school as he calls it. There was no room for excuses at Booker T. Even when they closed the school down each September to pick cotton.

"The students couldn't fall behind. Those teachers were concerned why else would they leave their homes and come to a town like Wellington and suffer the things they went through. "

Fredonia Hunnicutt was a member of the girls basketball team in the 1950's.

She told us about having to practice in the high school gym after hours after the white high school teams. She talked about the tension that she faced on a daily basis just being a black student in Wellington.

But it has made her who she is today. "Because I do believe even back then it has made me the person I am today ya know I have instilled a lot of that in my kids I tell them you can be anything you wanna be if you set your mind to it. "

The Hunnicutts have raised their children in Wellington. Each one successful. "Even though we came from meager surroundings we didn't have things a lot of people had but we made due with what we had."

 

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