EGG HARBOR CITY — The school district’s Memorial Wall Committee will unveil “When We Were Colored,” a permanent exhibit about segregation in the old Egg Harbor City Public School at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Egg Harbor City Community School, 730 Havana Ave.
The old facility, also called the Pike School, was located on the White Horse Pike and housed grades one through eight. “Colored students” were educated by black teachers in the back of the building, while white students were taught by white teachers in the front, District Superintendent John Gilly III said.
The black staff included Ada F. Costley, W.C. Greene, Emma O. Hodges, Annie C. Wilson, George Dickerson and Rosalie Hatcher, who are honored in the exhibit. Former students from the time of segregation — Clifford Mays Jr., 79, an Egg Harbor City councilman; and Edna Ingram, 89, of Egg Harbor City, who spearheaded the effort to create the exhibit — will attend.
Michelle Brunetti Post