Harnett County Training School, 610 E. Johnson St., Dunn, NC is situated on 5.33 acres. It was selected as an African American Historical site by the National Registry of Historic Places in 2014. Special thanks to Edward F. Turberg, Restoration Specialist (1939-2018) for nominating this facility.
The building was funded by Chicago Philanthropist Julius Rosenwald (Sears & Roebuck) in 1917 and opened its doors in 1922. The segregated school served African American students from first through 11th grades until it closed in 1968. It was not until the late 1960s when the State of North Carolina became desegregated.
In 1948, it was renamed Harnett High School. Thousands walked through the doors and earned an education from a majority African American faculty and staff.
"Dunn and Harnett County's only extant historic African American graded school and as the focus of local efforts
to enhance educational opportunities for blacks during the segregation period ending in the late 1960s."
Born in Dunn, NC and attended first grade at Harnett High School. Maternally, Serbennia Ann Davis is the great-great-granddaughter of March,Jr & Dinia Howard. She is great-granddaughter to Jacob & Caldonia Howard, granddaughter to Oscar & Gertia (Howard) Clark, and daughter to Mittie Clark & George Carroll, Sr. Paternally, Granddaughter to Oliver Carroll & Blathine Blackmon. Great-Granddaughter to Owen & Arlenius Carroll. Great-Great-Granddaughter to Sam & Julia Carroll.
DNA summary, indicates Nigerian, Cameroon, Congo & Western Bantu, Benin & Togo, Bali, Ivory Coast & Ghanaian, Germanic Europe, Ireland, Norway, Northern African, Southeast Asian.
Her Maternal African Genetic Ancestry is Fula, Balanta, Mende and Mandinka People.
Married for over 25 years to husband Jeffrey and mother of two daughters. Grandmother of four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Retired Master Sgt. and Public Affairs Chief from U.S. Army. Resides is Columbus, Ohio vicinity.
Thank you Charlotte, Jeff, Tanya, Arleen, and Perrace for reading and editing this project.