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The Baldwin School: Yesterday and Today

The Baldwin School, Yesterday and Today


Eleanor Wonce
Clip 4—Community Perception of Miss Baldwin

JA: Do you know how Miss Baldwin was perceived by the greater High Point community? Did the whole community, like did High Point itself--

EW: They embraced her. They embraced her very much. She had many, many awards. I don’t know what happened to them, but she had many awards. And she also, she was embraced by the white community, not just the black community. Miss Baldwin worked at--can’t think of that name. Julius probably can tell you more--a Presbyterian church for twenty-eight years every Sunday and went and took care of the children. And they honor her.
Many people--she worked for families, would get off teaching school and go take care of other people’s children. And they just would shower her with blessings. So many, so many people know her.
The church over there on East, Eastchester, Miss Baldwin started the white and the black starting having church together. Yeah. She would have AY--that’s Adventist Youth Society--she would go over to the white church and they would blend with the children and have it.
She just believed in people. She was a people’s people. And she’d say, you know, her favorite verse, “Train up a child in the way it should go, when they’re old [they] will not depart.” She didn’t care what they was, what race they was. She loved children. She said, “I married my children.” That’s what she would tell you, “I married my children.”