Local historian teaches about the importance of the historic Kennard School
CENTREVILLE, Md. — February is Black History Month and all month long, we told you about some amazing men and women who have helped to enrich and shape this country.
And for our last installment for black history month, 47 ABC’s Erica Murphy was joined on the desk by local historian, Niambi Davis.
Davis was here to educate viewers about the history behind a school here on the Eastern Shore, named after a woman dedicated to education – Lucretia Kennard.
She tells us that the original Kennard School was open from 1936 to 1966 and a new school was opened in the 1950s to serve all of the schools in the county, during segregation.
Davis also says she was a student at the Kennard School built in the 1950s from first grade to sixth grade. She says the school sat idle for about 40 years after closing and then the alumni association took over.
According to Davis, the associated was granted a lease for 99 years from the county and they bought the school back.
The Kennard School has now been restored high school and a museum, which provides a window into the rich history and heritage of African American culture on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
For more information on the history of the Kennard School, you can visit the web page at www.kennardheritage.com