Making space for history
New EES designers reach compromise with Moton alumni
EASTON — As statues representing a dark past are being removed in Maryland, local educators and those who were educated in Talbot County schools are making space to illuminate the legacies of African-American leaders, teachers and alumni.
A public forum hosted by Talbot County Public Schools on Thursday, Aug. 17, in the Easton Elementary-Moton Building’s media center attracted about 30 members of the community who reviewed the schematic design for the construction of the new Easton Elementary School.
“In addition, TCPS is looking for community input as to how the legacy and rich history surrounding the Easton Elementary School Moton and Dobson buildings should be memorialized,” the school system stated in a press release Friday, Aug. 11.
“This is a journey, and we’re all on a journey together,” TCPS Superintendent Kelly Griffith said as she opened the forum. “We’re at a stage when we’re looking at what it looks like and how we’ll memorialize (W. Edward Dobson and Robert Russa Moton).”
The multigenerational group included a teacher and graduates of Moton High School, as well as current students of Easton ES-Moton, which occupies the same building as the former high school. Also attending was EESDobson Principal Dr. Lisa Devaric.
Architect Thomas King, a principal of Noelker and Hull Associates Inc. in Frederick, presented an over view of the designs and timeline as he did for the school board, who approved them during its Aug. 16 meeting the previous evening.
King highlighted architectural features of the school, which include a two-story Moton Wing and one-story Dobson Wing for
Local civil rights Walter Black, Moton High School class of 1954, speaks in favor of devoting space in the new Easton Elementary School to memorialize W. Edward Dobson and Robert Russa Moton, two African-American leaders and educators whose legacies will continue to be honored.