WCHS 2020 Ornament Is Here!

Post date: Oct 17, 2020 12:24:10 AM


The Wakulla County Historical Society is pleased to announce that this year’s ornament, featuring Shadeville High School, is here! Shadeville High School was the only high school for blacks in Wakulla County. Since blacks could only get an elementary education in Wakulla, the school board was approached and approval obtained for a high school. The local community assisted by donating the land and building materials in addition to county funding. In 1934 the school awarded diplomas to three students in its initial graduating class.

The graduates were Versie Farmer, Andrew Joshua “Bubba” Hargrett, and Lucy Bertha “Maude” Farmer of the Hyde Park community. It is noteworthy that Dr. Hargrett went on to become the first of several Shadeville graduates to earn a PhD.

After providing instruction to black students for thirty-six years, eleven students graduated in the last high school class of 1967 when the Wakulla school district was integrated.

The ornaments can be purchased for $10 at the Museum Gift Shop, located at 24 High Drive in Crawfordville. The Museum and Gift Shop are open Thursday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you have questions, you can reach the Museum at (850) 926-1110 or by email at mailbox@wakullahistory.org.