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Pearl Stephens Memorial Scholarship

On Saturday people in Houston County will celebrate one of its pioneers. In the 1940's Pearl Stephens started Houston County's first school for African American kids.

Stephens'grandson, Jerome Stephens, said education was important to his grandmother.

"She got tired of children going to church schools," he said.The "children should have quality education," he said.

The school board told Stephens they didn't have money to buy land for a new school, so she donated an acre and a half.
That's where the first school was built and was later torn down. In the 1950's a second school was built, that is currently in use, and a third is in the works.

To keep her memory alive Stephens' family has a scholarship in her name.

"We're gonna give out anywhere from 12 to 15 scholarships to deserving students who are already in school where they maybe can buy a book, gas or whatever the case may be and we're gonna have a program," said Stephens.

Donations will be collected during the memorial scholarship program. They are hoping to raise $2,000.

The program is at 3 p.m. at the Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Warner Robins.


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