Spring is almost here and high school proms and graduations are coming up. It is a great time to share with you our newly digitized collection of Atkins High School photographs.

The digitization of this collection is the result of a grant funded project to increase diversity in digital collections in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and across the country. Atkins High School was the first modern African American high school in Winston-Salem, opening in 1931 and dedicated to Simon G. Atkins, a local African American educator and education advocate. The school offered both college and vocational education paths for students.

Atkins High School Class of 1951.

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is in the process of digitizing a collection of photographs located at the Malloy Jordan East Winston Heritage Center. The photographs currently digitized are of 1930s and 1940s Atkins High School graduating classes. Further digitization will include graduating classes from the 1950s and 1960s as well as two Columbia Heights High School class photographs.

Look for a forthcoming Collections Spotlight post about the photograph collection when digitization is complete.

IMLS_Logo_2cThis project was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.