Leaders from the city of Kannapolis, the Kannapolis City Schools and the Carver Area Historic Preservation Association gathered Monday at the former site of George Washington Carver High School to dedicate the Carver Memorial Garden.
The garden, a public service project completed by students from the Kannapolis Alternative Learning Center and neighborhood residents, surrounds a historic marker commemorating the site of Kannapolis' first public high school for African-American youth.
Carver High stood at the site for 30 years until the building burned in 1967. Kannapolis Intermediate School now stands at the site.
At Monday's ceremony, Mayor Bob Misenheimer, Pamela Cain, Kannapolis City Schools superintendent, and Joyce Gibson, president of the Carver Historic Preservation Association, recognized the efforts of students Alicia Bethea, Antonio Hester, Lovey Monk, Juamakis Perry, Emmanual Saavedra, Tyler Scaccia, Kenneth Wise, Alex Nelson and Inkera Washington.
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The students and neighborhood residents planted more than 60 plants and shrubs under the direction of Colleen McDaniel, Kannapolis landscape designer and owner of The Inspired Garden Inc. A bench has also been installed.
Creation of the garden is part of revitalization efforts in the Carver neighborhood as outlined in the city's Carver Neighborhood Action Plan. For more information on public-private partnerships and projects, contact Sherry Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-920-4332.