Reunion planned for alumni of T.W. Martin

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/10/18

Alumni of T.W. Martin School are planning a reunion for all who called the school home in their youth.

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Reunion planned for alumni of T.W. Martin

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Alumni of T.W. Martin School are planning a reunion for all who called the school home in their youth.

Saturday, June 30, has been set for the reunion, and donations are being sought to pay for rental of the old Parrish High School (roughly 6 miles from where Martin used to be located) as the venue for the event.

Ruby Amerson-Brown, who graduated from Martin in 1977, announced the date of the reunion on Facebook Tuesday, which garnered excitement from many who attended the school.

T.W. Martin School in Goodsprings had its first graduating class in 1950, and closed its doors in 2006.

Brown said enough money has already been collected for a deposit to rent a portion of Parrish High for the reunion.

On Wednesday, she spoke to Parrish Mayor Heather Hall, who agreed to let Martin alumni use the gymnasium and football field for $500. Another $300 is needed to secure the rental.

The reunion is still in the planning stages, but Brown hopes to have food trucks and fun activities for children at the event. She said anyone who went to the school is welcome to attend.

“I want it to be a fun family get-together,” she said.

Many old schools in Walker County are still standing for alumni to visit and reminisce about old times, but Brown said it’s different for Martin graduates. Alabama Power owns the property where the school was located, and no one can enter that particular area of Goodsprings anymore. Brown said the school was leveled years ago, and she fears many sentimental items may have been destroyed with the building.

While the school structure may not stand, the bond shared by those who went there has lasted a lifetime, Brown said.

“I think it’s very important for the community to reconnect. We’ve lost the school, but we’re still a family because we grew up together. Most of us went to that school 12 years together,” she said. “A lot of the people that I graduated with I haven’t seen since graduation.”

Brown said she hopes this can be an annual reunion for Martin alumni. To make a donation to cover the cost of the event venue or to discuss ideas for the reunion, call Brown at (205) 471-9223.