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Proposed highway sign honoring St. Clare Walker makes progress

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors recently approved spending $1,770 for an application fee for a proposed highway historical marker that would honor black educator John Henry St. Clare Walker.

If approved by the state, the marker will be placed in front of the former St. Clare Walker High School (SCWHS) building on Route 33 at Cooks Corner. The building is presently named and used as the Middlesex County Office Complex. It houses offices for the Middlesex County Social Services Department and Middlesex School Board administration.

The Middlesex County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), former students of SCWHS, and the Middlesex County Public School System have partnered to apply to the State of Virginia for the historical sign.

School superintendent Dr. Peter Gretz informed supervisors on September 5 the marker request was going to be reviewed the first of December by state officials and the application is ready, but required the $1,770 fee.

Supervisors voted unanimously to approve payment of the fee and to sign appropriate papers as “owner papers” of the property where the marker will be located.

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posted 09.13.2017

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