Carver-Hill Museum celebrates Crestview’s black heritage

carver hill school equipment

Among vintage school equipment at Carver-Hill Museum are photos of the Carver Hill School band’s Main Street performance and school namesakes George Washington Carver and Ed Hill.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 06:04 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Segregated education produced the 1954 opening of Carver-Hill School, then a state-of-the art place of learning for black students.

Today, Carver-Hill Museum in Allen Park celebrates the spirit of community that the school engendered.

One Tuesday morning, Rae Roberson, a museum volunteer and member of the Carver-Hill Memorial and Historical Society, which operates the museum, showed a trio of visitors around the facility.

Rather than a Smithsonian in which artifacts are carefully curated, Carver- Hill Museum is a repository of Crestview pride.

As one visitor praised the collection and the museum for preserving it, Roberson said, “That’s what I tell you: we relay, relate and remember here.”

Carver-Hill School closed in 1969 when Okaloosa County integrated its schools. Many mementoes that migrated to the museum’s collection included a collection of 1960s school equipment.

“Welcome to the world of non-digital,” reads a sign near the devices.

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