FORT WAYNE—A select group of high school alumni have planned a special trip to give them a chance for fellowship, reminiscing and fun next month.
On July 18,, Fort Wayne Chapter of the Lincolnite Club is scheduled to take a bus trip to Chicago for several days of shopping, sightseeing and fellowship with other Lincolnites. The group is scheduled to return to Fort Wayne July 20.
The Lincolnite Club is an alumni group of Lincoln High School, formerly Lincoln Normal School of Marion, Ala. The school was founded in 1867 to educate the newly freed slaves. For more than 100 years, Lincoln Normal served as a shining educational beacon for black folks living in the area. As part of integration process in Marion and Perry counties in Alabama, Lincoln High School was formally closed in May 1970, marking an end to a great school.
Thousands of young African Americans gained their formal education foundation at the school, contributing not only to Alabama communities, but spreading around the nation as black people migrated from the south. At times, hundreds of people who attended Lincoln Normal over the years lived in Fort Wayne. Today, there are more than 50 Lincoln Normal alumni in the local Lincolnite Club. To help keep the school’s legacy alive, members of the Fort Wayne Lincolnite Club say they travel to cities where Alabamians were transplanted for our school reunion. The Chicago trip is part of those trips to visit other Lincolnites.
For more information, call Sarah Keys at (260) 438-2658. The cost is $55, due by June 15, paid by money order.