In Maryland, Havre de Grace Colored High School is one of many in the country to be preserved

Like the school founders, Cole made a way out of no way. Harford County Executive Barry Glassman donated $50,000 of his own money. “Harford Mutual Insurance Group contributed $10,000 immediately, and kicked in an additional $17,000 over the next few years,” Cole says. The rest of the balance came by various fundraising efforts: phone banks, silent auctions and T-shirt sales, along with events like a gumbo dinner and a wine and jazz festival. With help from the architecture department at Morgan State University, and donations of photos, diplomas, books, documents and other artifacts from alumni, the Havre de Grace Colored School Foundation opened to the public in the spring of 2019.

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