Cartwright School receives historical marker

Photo by David Kapitan

The historical marker dedication at the Cartwright School included a presentation of the United States and Texas flags.

The Cartwright School in Wills Point received its just recognition June 19 with a special ceremony to unveil a historical marker bringing back former graduates and school staff members to the building located at 315 Bertha Street. The Cartwright School was approved as a historical site by the Texas Historical Commission in December 2016, with donors for the marker including Tommy C. Scott, Ora Dell Howard, Corliss Brown, Clarence Harden, Don Skinner, Esther Moorehead-Gibson, Shirlene Shields-Cook, Leatha Williams-Buchanan, the Wills Point Historical Society, Phillip Williamson, Stepz All Star, Junita Myers, Thelma Myers and Cassandra Haynes.

Ceremonies opened with the presentation of both the Texas and U.S. flags followed by Shirlene Shields-Cook, a Cartwright graduate that also taught at the school, delivering introductory comments. “It is the First, with the 'F' being capital spelled i-r-s-t historical marker installed and erected in Wills Point noting the contributions on behalf of the people of color by the people of color, and Wills Point recognizes that this town has not become what it is had it not been with just one segment of the community. Remember no man is an island. No man stands alone.”

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