The Lincoln Class of 1958 held a reunion in Middlesboro this weekend. Festivities kicked off on Thursday and lasted throughout the weekend. Festivities included dinner, dancing, a talent show and the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln.
Middlesboro resident Shannon Daniels was unexpectedly part of the reunion when Elaine Cleveland showed up at her home on Saturday. Daniels shared her experience via Facebook telling of how Cleveland’s unexpected visit had allowed her to be a part of the reunion and a trip down memory lane.
“Wow, what a blessing I got to be part of today,” wrote Daniels. “A couple stopped by. A woman named Elaine Cleveland was with her husband and said she grew up … in our home. Her mother, Viola Cleveland, raised 10 children here.”
Daniels went on to talk about how she walked with Cleveland down memory lane as the woman relived her childhood years in the home.
“The smile on her face as she toured our home was priceless,” said Daniels. “You could tell as she was telling me about each room and the people who stayed in there, how all the neighbors came to their house and played in their back yard because they had the biggest one, that she was going down memory lane.”
Daniels closed the post saying what a blessing it had been to meet the couple.
“It was a blessing meeting you Elaine and Harvey. God bless you both,” said Daniels.
During the weekend festivities, Roger Cleveland and Theresa Brown were named Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln. Robert Kelly won the Lincoln Idol contest.
Lincoln High School was located on Ashbury Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets. All that is left of the Lincoln School is a marker that reads, “On this site stood the Lincoln High School which had earlier been named the Middlesboro Colored Public School. Construction began in 1908 and occupancy took place in 1910 with Mr. George W. Bell as principal. The building housed the elementary and secondary grades. The school was discontinued in 1965 at which time Miss Esther R. Ball was principal and Mr. Arlee McKinney was coach. This plaque is dedicated to all former Lincoln students and teachers.”
Reina P. Cunningham may be reached at 606-302-9100 or on Twitter @ReinaMDN.