Willistonians return to Williston gym to celebrate


This July 4th & 5th, Willistonians will return home to celebrate 100 years since the building of the last Williston for black students during segregation.

The big event during this weekend is a Saturday night dinner/dance that will take us back to the former site of our proms, the Williston Gym!! Just imagine, bringing your “date” for the evening back to the same venue where you danced the night away some 40, 50 or 60 years ago! It will surely be a night to remember. You will listen to the old sounds of Platters, the Impressions, Chuck Berry, etc. You won’t want to miss this special evening. The Williston Alumni Association continues to provide activities that keep our memories alive.

Saturday from 11:00 – 2:00, we will gather on the front lawn of our former high school to meet and greet Willistonians, classmates, friends and families. The WAA will be selling Williston 100th Anniversary tee-shirts; stick-on Williston tiger decals and cd’s featuring the two alma maters recorded by former glee club members. Mrs. Todd, former librarian, will be selling her books. You may also sign up for subscriptions to the Wilmington Journal, a must have. You will get a preview of the night’s oldie goldies while at the Mix.   Please bring a chair with you to sit under the tent.

Saturday night, beginning at 6:30, we will sponsor our official Celebrating 100 Years of Williston Celebration in the Williston Gym on 11th Street beginning at 6:30 with the ice breaker. A program, buffet dinner and dance will follow as we go down memory lane once again. More details will follow in coming weeks in the Journal.

Sunday morning, we will worship at Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church with AME Presiding Elder Conrad Pridgen, Class of ’67, returning by popular demand along with Dr. Diane Emerson as our Mistress of Ceremonies. More will be shared later when plans are finalized.

The fee for the weekend is only $50 for all the activities that weekend. There is an April 30th deadline for receipt of your fee. There are other options for dues, tax-deductible donations which will be addressed in another article. Our mailing address is WAA, P.O. Box 2, Wilmington, NC, 28402 and checks should be made payable to Williston Alumni Assn or WAA. We need to receive the checks by April 30th.

If you did not receive a letter about this celebration, we don’t have your address. We sent out over 1,600 letters. Please call Barbara Ennett Davis at 910-762-9280 or Linda Pearce Thomas at 910- 232-8310.

More information will follow in coming issues of the Journal. To get a subscription started, call 910-762-5502. See you on the 4th.

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