proud of great grandparents
my mother & my aunts always mentioned in a rather matter-of-fact manner that their parents Emma [Grant] and Samuel A. Mitchell were both teachers and my grandfather was also a principal of an Jenkins Orphanage school. Many years later while working with my 8th grade students on a family research project imagine my surprise when I came upon the name of Jenkins Orphanage School in Charleston, SC. I discovered that its historical background was well-renowned even in Europe. After doing further research on census records and asking questions of older relatives, I saw my grandparents names. My grandfather did in fact serve as principal at that famous school. I also found out that my grandmother was in the first graduating class of Allen University, taught for a short time at Jenkins school and also continued teaching from her home those sharecropping children whose parents offered her eggs, fruit, and vegetables to teach their children as they so valued an education at that time and as poor as they were. My grandfather graduated from Claflin College in SC. This was all done in the South during an extremely racial hostile period of history. I am truly proud of my grandparents and the heritage they imparted to my family about the value of education.