Upper Mattaponi members restoring a community cornerstone

11/29/10

Ken Adams spent 10 years in classes at a one-story brick school building on state Route 30 in King William County. But he couldn't get a diploma from Sharon Indian School because the racially segregated institution couldn't offer education beyond the 10th grade. While other members of the Upper Mattaponi tribe went with family to places such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Oklahoma to finish their education, Adams spent a year at Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond and then graduated after one year at the newly integrated King William High School along with seven other Indian students.

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