Charles Caldwell dedicated his life to educating African Americans in Cecil County and Talbot County

Most  alumni of the former George Washington Carver School in Cecil County probably remember the school’s long time Principal, Dr. Charles Caldwell.  He was known for being austere, but, was well respected by the school community. caldwell2

Dr. Caldwell was born and raised in Talbot County in the community known as Wittman, located six and a half miles from St. Michaels.  After graduating from the Princess Anne Academy (Now known as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore) in Princess Anne, Maryland, he went on to attend Morgan State College and also recieve degrees from University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University.

He started his career as an educator in 1926.  He moved back to Talbot County and did a three year stint as a Teacher at Easton “Colored” High School.  He moved to Cecil County in 1929 to accept the position of Principal at the George Washington Carver School.  Along with his Principal duties, he was also the school’s Mathematics Teacher.  When the schools were integrated in 1964, Dr. Caldwell decided to retire.  At the time he was 66 years old.

Dr. Caldwell was also very active in the community.  He served as President of Cecil County Teachers Association and the Maryland Teachers Association.  He was also on the trustess for the Provident Methodist Church.  In 1965, he recieved the Elkton Citizen of the Year Award, being the first African American to recieve that honor.  He died in 1970, but is still fondly remembered by George Washington Carver alumni.

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~ by Kyle Dixon on December 31, 2008.

5 Responses to “Charles Caldwell dedicated his life to educating African Americans in Cecil County and Talbot County”

  1. Nice piece there Kyle. Glad to read about Mr. Caldwell. I’d enjoy seeing some more about him.

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  4. Kyle, I knew Dr. Caldwell. I was just a kid and I always wondered why he wore a suit & tie all the time. He was a very nice man & would always talk to me when I went by his house. By the way…suit & tie !!!

  5. Hello Kyle,

    You have a wonderful blog.
    [I also posted on your ‘About Me’ page as well]

    My 2nd great grandfather, John Stevenson/Stephenson, may have been born in Cecil county. His father may have been Nelson Stephenson (sometimes spelled Stephanson).

    My questions to you are, have you come across any elder Stephensons still living in Cecil county? Can you suggest any books that might reference African Americans in your area?

    You can find out more about my 2nd great grandfather (and me) on my blog at http://george-geder.blogspot.com.

    Peace,
    “Guide by the Ancestors”

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