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For my project in English 1200 I was given the task to choose a school and trace that schools history and explain what it was like prior to segregation.  I decided I would first choose the school that I was originally researching, but shortly after I found out that JH Rose High School had never previously been segregated.  Then I decided to pursue C.M Eppes Middle School, C.M standing for Charles Montgomery.

Charles Montgomery’s parents were slaves so naturally he was born into slavery, although this was the case he did not let this stop him from succeeding.  He loved going to school, he received his college education at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.  In 1903 Charles Eppes returned to Greenville, and was giving the job to be the principal of the Greenville Industrial School.  After Charles Eppes Death on September 30th, 1942 the school was renamed in May of 1942.  Charles Montgomery was married twice he had one child by his first wife; his second marriage was to Annie Enos.  Mr. Eppes kept his employees close to him in 1928 a Mr. Davenport came to Greenville he was given the job as biology mathematics and football coach at Greenville Industrial High School, he was later appointed principal after Charles Eppes died.

As I stated above in 1903 Charles Montgomery was appointed the Principal of the Greenville Industrial School which later became known as the C.M. Eppes High School, although the school is no longer in existence I have found through my research an alumni organization in honor of Mr. Eppes.  They are called the Greenville Industrial-Charles Montgomery Eppes High School Alumni Association there purpose is to hand out scholarships to children’s regardless of their race, color, and to instill there teachings that they learned due to Charles Eppes onto others.

Not much is known about C.M. Eppes Middle School, we do know that originally it was called the Greenville Industrial School the name was change to honor Mr. Eppes after his death to C.M. Eppes High School after that burned down in 1970.  In 1986 Greenville City Schools merged with Pitt County Schools, individual schools merged in 1986 which created a 30 schooling system.  The old J. H. Rose High School which was located on Elm Street was changed to C. M. Eppes Middle School.

When integration started in the 1950’s the community did not take to it very well at all.  Although our country is supposed to live by the statement of “Separate but Equal” that is hardly what went on in the past.  In some cases it still goes on now.

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