MEETING HISTORY MAKERS: Teachers visit Carver-Hill museum, gain insight (PHOTOS)

Northwest Florida State College students

Northwest Florida State College students and event organizers at Carver-Hill Museum gather Saturday during a visit to the Crestview museum. On the last row from the right are Toni Taylor, Lynn Ketter, Terara Gastone, Teresa Allen, Sarah Fuller, Sabine Claybrook, Maija Campbell and Anthony McKinney. On the fourth row from the right are Bazine McDonald, Rae Roberson, Ruth McDonald, Rev. Dwight Baggett, Kaundra Thompson, Rev. Tyrone Livingston Broadus, Sarah Head, Janeese Vogel, and Keicah Rouse. In the middle row from the right are Pam Todd, Erica Crystal, Mary Swisher, Dede Finch and Kenya Wolff. Kneeling in the second row, from the right are Jamie Songe Laleta Fingall and Beth Hoffman. In the front row from the left are Debbie Smith, Mercy Toth, Angela Sternke and Xiaomin Cindy Riddle.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 03:36 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Mary Swisher knows more about North Okaloosa history after a weekend visit to the Carver-Hill museum.

Swisher, a Fort Walton Beach resident and preschool teacher working toward her bachelor’s degree in teacher education, was one of several educators from Northwest Florida State College who visited the museum on Saturday.

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They listened to historical perspectives from several guest speakers, including longtime Crestview resident Velma Conyers, 101, who shared her experiences working at the Carver-Hill School, a K-12 institution for black residents from 1954-1969.

They also heard from DeFuniak Springs resident and pastor Tyrone Livingston Broadus, "the first black (honor guard) and one of the original 13 Kennedy Honor Guards,” the Washington D.C. native said.

The Rev. Dwight Baggett from Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and 1982 Crestview High School graduate Terry Taylor, who played professional baseball for the Seattle Mariners, also were present.

 Taylor’s sister, Toni — who teaches the Okaloosa Head Start program in Crestview, and was one of the educators in the bachelor’s program — helped organize the event.

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