By Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected]
The city and Alexandria African American Hall of Fame are creating a memorial walkway to honor the 100th anniversary of Parker-Gray High School.
The walkway will be built in front of the Charles Houston Recreation Center, the former site of the school. Residents can purchase personalized bricks as part of the walkway, which will also include the school’s mascot and engraved bricks dedicated to teachers, students, individuals, families and community groups, according to a news release.
Parker-Gray opened in 1920 and provided the city’s Black children with a quality education, according to the release. At a time when segregated schools meant fewer resources, teachers and facilities were available for Black students, Parker-Gray was a valuable asset for the city’s Black community.
Residents can purchase a custom 4-by-8 inch brick for $100 or a custom 8-by-8 inch brick for $225 at www.bricksrus.com/donorsite/aaahalloffame. The campaign will end on Sept. 30. A community dedication is planned for late October.