The Weatherford Noon Lions Club held their weekly luncheon April 23 at Mount Pleasant Colored School, a piece of Weatherford’s history, with the goal of raising awareness of its presence.
“It is an important part of the history of Weatherford and Parker County,” Lion Howard McClurkin said of the old school.
After the Civil Rights movement, Weatherford integrated local colored schools with the rest of the education centers in the area. The seven colored schools of Parker County closed and many then fell into disrepair or were torn down.
But Raymond George took it upon himself to restore Mount Pleasant Colored School in Weatherford – preserving that piece of history.
“I’m obsessed with this little schoolhouse,” George said of the small building which had provided education up through ninth grade.
Since 2011, the old building has been renovated and repaired, with new windows, restrooms and ceilings being some of the most recent additions. Each improvement is a result of donations.
Upon completion, the building will be integrated into the into Weatherford’s park system, including Chandor Gardens, as a community center and again a place of education with memorabilia from its years of use for residents to see.
“You can just imagine just what kind of contribution this facility will make with respect to the quality of life of our residents,” McClurkin said.
George said many Weatherford residents do not even realize the school at the top of a hill still stands.
Donald George and Evelyn Loudres, also graduates of the colored school, attended the event as well and shared stories from their time at the school.
“This brings back a lot of memories,” Loudres said. “I think this is awesome.”
Loudres and the others share those memories of their classrooms, classmates, teachers and even the area behind the school that they once used as a baseball field.
“I am a very proud graduate of Mount Pleasant School,” Donald said. “You probably don’t realize what the school has accomplished.”
Donald, formerly a vice president of a Dallas bank, said those accomplishments include the education of its students who went on to be great educators or held other positions of employment – paving the way for those who would follow them.
“I couldn’t be prouder,” Donald said.
George said their goal is to complete the renovations by the end of the year so it can be used by the city beginning in early 2015. In order to finish, they still need to complete tasks such as restoring the wood floors, furnish and install exterior lights and insulate ceilings along with others.
Those tasks can be completed with the help of further donations
“I’m very pleased with what’s been done,” George said. “It may not seem like much, but here we are.”