Dawn Shannon in high school (Courtesy of Dawn Shannon)
The “Voices of Blackwell” series is a partnership with the Blackwell School Alliance. The segregated institution was open from the late nineteenth century and closed in 1965 with the integration of schools in town. The fourth story we hear is not from a Blackwell alumn, but a Marfa Elementary graduate. Dawn Shannon was born in Marfa and grew up in the fifties. Her mother, Mildred Shannon, taught at Blackwell. Diana Nguyen brings us her story.
Music used in this piece was produced by Podington Bear.