Carver-Hill Museum celebrates Crestview’s black heritage

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 06:04 PM.

Carver-Hill Panthers cheerleader megaphones mingle beside old filmstrip projectors and mimeograph machines. Diplomas and scrapbooks share shelf space with overhead projectors.

Typewriters, adding machines and Dictaphones are on display in the center of the room above bins of treasured documents and archives preserving the city’s black heritage.

Special artifacts The museum’s north side is devoted to local black residents’ service in the U.S. military. On another wall is a cracked and worn 1925 diploma from Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute. It was earned by Roberson’s uncle, Claiborne Payne “C.P.” Randolph.

He lived in campus housing down the hall from George Washington Carver, one of the school, museum and historical society’s namesakes.

“He was my uncle, he was my grandpa, he was everything to me,” Roberson said as she proudly gazed at the diploma. “You wouldn’t believe it, but he died in my arms.”

Some posters and photos that cover the walls hold special meaning for Roberson.

One shows the Carver- Hill Panthers band parading down Main Street on May 20, 1955. “That was the school’s first band,” Roberson said. “We walked downtown and we got all the attention. They opened up the street for us and we showed up and paraded.”

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