Williston alumni discuss school’s legacy at Cape Fear Museum

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sunday at the Cape Fear Museum, an event was held to discuss and honor New Hanover County’s only African-American high school for more than 40 years.

Although Brown V. Board of Education was decided in 1954, North Carolina schools remained segregated into the late 1960’s.

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Sunday, alumni of Williston School shared how disappointed they were in 1968 to hear the school would close, and students would be sent to New Hanover and Hoggard High Schools.

Those who attended the school during this transition, say Williston felt like a family, and they were treated very badly by white students once they integrated.