Appreciation Day in Wake Forest, North Carolina-
The project culminated on March 27, 1999 with the all-day celebration. The following was the schedule of events:
DuBois Center: Family activities, games, sporting events, guided
tours of campus
Noon-2:00, DuBois Center: Potluck Dinner, with musical entertainment
7:30, Wake Forest-Rolesville High School: Dedication of DuBois Mural, followed by play Go Forth with Promise
Reception following play
Please see The Wake Weekly article about DuBois Day.
Mural: The mural project was
headed by Durham artist Edie Cohn, and is a collaboration with Wake Forest-Rolesville
High School teacher Beth Huffman's Advanced Art classes. They have
completed a mural which has been hung on the wall of the high school auditorium.
The mural includes a portrait of W.E.B.DuBois, and encompasses many activities
and images of the community. The mural may eventually be moved to the DuBois
This is the left side of the mural.
Other area schools have participated in the DuBois School project. Students from Wake Forest Elementary have planted flowers on the campus, and the school helped videotape the events on March 27. The Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School has created and published this web site as a service to the project. Students from the high school Jazz Band performed at the DuBois Center on March 27.
Forum: Another activity of the DuBois History Project was the Forum on life in Wake Forest in the 1930's and 1940's. Held on March 4, the forum moderator was Rev. Enoch Holloway. Other panelists were Almarie Caudle, Leonard Dunn, Mavis Farrar, Clair Wall, Everett Mangum, and John Wooten. The panelists shared memories of life in town from the point of view of the black community, the Wake Forest College, the Wake Crossroads community, the Cotton Mill Hill area, the Hurricanes community, the St. Matthew community, and the DuBois School. See The Wake Weekly for more information on the Forum.
for the DuBois History and Mural Project has come from grants and donations
from many groups, including the North Carolina Arts Council, the Michael
Warner and Elizabeth Craven Fund of theTriangle Community Foundation, two
grants from United Arts of Wake County, and the Town of Wake Forest.
Local endorsers of the Project include the Wake Forest Garden Club, Rotary
Club, Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, the Wake Forest Human Relations
Council, and the Wake Forest College Birthplace.
Credits: Photographs of the building and
grove of trees at DuBois Center from Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School
Yearbook, 1983-84; photographs of mural by Jeanne McBrayer, Wake
Forest-Rolesville Middle School
Thanks to The Wake Weekly for information about the DuBois History Project (Thursday, January 21, 1989) Forum (Thursday, March 11, 1989), and DuBois Day (April 1, 1999).
Additional information about the Dubois Center: The Wake Weekly archives August 29, 2002