J.C. Price School

“If These Walls Could Talk”

J.C. Price School, circa 1930s. Image courtesy of the Greensboro Historical Museum

“My grandmother believed that the most important gain any person could make was freedom from ignorance if they hoped to succeed in life.” — Abraham Peeler

ImageThe inaugural first grade class in 1922. Ms. Theresa Pennix, an interviewee, is in the second row, fifth from the left. (Courtesy of the Greensboro Historical Museum)

Like his grandmother was for him, Abraham Peeler, principal of J.C. Price School from 1932-69, was an influential force in the lives of countless Warnersville children. From 1922 until its closing in 1983, J.C. Price School prepared thousands of black students for life and served as one alumni recalled as “the beating heart of Warnersville.”

Through the use of oral history interviews and archival materials, this site seeks to provide an overview of the J.C. Price School’s impact on the students who went there, the teachers who taught there, and the Warnersville community. It is through the memories and voices of those former teachers and students that we are able to gain a better understanding of what life was like at the school and in the surrounding community.

The walls may not be able to talk, but the people who went there and taught there can …

To them, we are all indebted.

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