Elmer T. Hawkins remembered

When you ask an alumni of the Henry Highland Garnett School, the school for African Americans in Kent County, they will probably tell that their fondest memory of that school was their Principal, Elmer T. Hawkins.  He was a well respected member of the Black community and still honored by the Henry Highland Garnett School Alumni every February when they host a Black History program held at the school, which is now used as an Elementary School.

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Henry Highland Garnett Alumnia holding a portrait of Elmer Hawkins

Mr. Hawkins was born March 19, 1904 in Catonsville, Maryland.  After graduating from Douglas High School (the same high school attended by Thurgood Marshall), he went on to get a Bachelors Degree from Morgan State University, in 1926, and later a Masters Degree from the Hampton Institute in 1934.  In 1926, he was hired as the Principal of the Henry Highland Garnett School.  When Kent County Public Schools integrated in 1967, the School was closed and he was appointed Principal of Chestertown Middle School.  He held that position until his retirement in 1972.  Elmer Hawkins was the director of the Maryland Branch of the National Education Association  and active in the Masons.  He died January 18, 1973.  dsc_01921

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~ by Kyle Dixon on November 9, 2008.

One Response to “Elmer T. Hawkins remembered”

  1. Great photo of Principal Hawkins. That’s what Old Sam says

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