Community unites to mark 100th anniversary of Bethel Union High - WNCT

Community unites to mark 100th anniversary of Bethel Union High School

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BETHEL, N.C. -

This week, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, hundreds in Pitt County commemorated a milestone of their own.

The town of Bethel hosted a 100th anniversary celebration of Bethel Union High School, which was an all black school during segregation.

The festivities kicked off with a parade down Main Street. Alumni from as far back at 1949 waved and threw out candy from floats and cars. Several bands from high schools in eastern North Carolina also marched in the parade.

In the afternoon, friends, alumni, and community leaders gathered inside and outside Mount Zion Holiness Church for food, fellowship, and gospel music.

To cap off the event, alumni danced the night away at a banquet in Greenville.

For the most mature alumni like Eva Jenkins and Evelyn Knight from the class of 1949, the celebration was just as fun as high school.

"This so wonderful to see so many people gathered together and it seems as if everybody's enjoying [it]," said Knight.

"Oh I love it. [To] see somebody I know and I can't believe it. Then I look up and see another one and say, well she looks the same," said Jenkins.

Event organizers say the whole weekend would not have come together without the help of the entire Bethel community.

Bethel Union High school was founded in 1913 and closed in 1970 as result of integration.

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