Dunbar-Douglass alumni, descendants to hold large reunion

By Roxanne Thompson
Alumni and descendants of alumni from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, which also included elementary and junior high grades, and Frederick Douglass Elementary School, which were Mexia’s schools for African-American children in the days of segregation, will hold a reunion on Saturday, June 16.
The action begins at 11 a.m. at the Fiesta Ballroom in Mexia, 200 W. Titus, with a variety of activities, including a meet-and-greet, barbecue lunch, dominoes, cards, bingo and other games. Association president Bernadean Dixon, one of the reunion’s organizers, promises lots of food, fun and laughter, including sharing of memories. The first session ends at 5 p.m., giving attendees time to prepare for the evening’s activities.
The evening event is the Black and White Gala, which will also be held at the Fiesta Ballroom, 8 p.m. to midnight. Live, “old school” music will be provided by Odell Gray and the House Rules Band, of Houston; and acknowledgements will be made of those who traveled the farthest and other milestones.
The cost of the full day’s activities is $30, which includes admission to the gala. Those attending only the day activities will only pay $20.
Dixon and association vice president Lela Belcher are encouraging all alumni and descendants, as well as their well-wishers, to attend.
“We would like for all the Dunbar-Douglass alumni to show up and help celebrate the 50th anniversary,” Belcher said.

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