Sturgis one room school museum brought to life for black history month

POCOMOKE CITY, Md. – The Sturgis One Room School Museum held tours on Saturday in honor of black history month. Community members got the chance to learn more about its rich history.

The museum, formally known as the Sturgis school, is the only known African American One Room School in Worcester County retaining its original integrity. Museum representatives tell 47 ABC, first through seventh graders were taught there for over 30 years.

A descendant of two of the students, and the current president of the museum says their mission is to preserve the history that lies within the museum. “It’s very important to preserve the history just so our younger generation will know how we got to where we are today,” says Kimberly Jones, President of the museum. She adds, “If you don’t know your history, you don’t know where you came from.”

Jones tells us, the school was originally on Brantley Road south of Pocomoke but relocated to Willow Street in 1997 to be better preserved. Now that the museum regained its 501c3 status, we’re told museum preservers are working to make sure the history remains, and intact for everyone to learn and enjoy. “It shows that I have a purpose for what I’m doing to help keep the building open and going, and I’m just happy that my ancestors are looking down and hopefully they are proud of me.” Jones adds, “It’s very important that we continue to build the foundation for African-Americans for that awareness to make sure that we are advocated for as well.”

The museum will also be open for tours on Saturday, February 26th from 1 to 4 p.m.

Jones says they need more donations and partnerships and if you’d like to help out, you can head to their website.

You can also find their Facebook page by clicking here.

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