Mak­ing space for his­tory

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CON­NIE CON­NOLLY cconnolly@ches­pub.com

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

PHOTO BY CON­NIE CON­NOLLY

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.

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