Former students of Mexia’s segregation-era African American schools will meet for their annual reunion this coming weekend.
Those were Dunbar High and Douglass Elementary schools, which closed in 1968 and 1969, respectively, when the final students were integrated into the white schools.
The alumni and former students are spread across Texas and several other states but many meet each year in Mexia for a time to reminisce about their school days, and celebrate their lives and accomplishments.
Friday evening, June 19, is the first event of the weekend, with a meet-and-greet at the Mexia Senior Citizens Center, at Sherman and Commerce. The reception begins at 7 p.m., and attendees can renew their acquaintance and pick up their event package there.
“We call it ‘Down Memory Lane,” said Ada Conner, a Dunbar graduate and program coordinator of the reunion. “Every class, every football team, everybody will be saying, ‘Oh, I remember that!’”