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July 10, 2014

Festivities to draw in crowd for Douglass reunion

DUNCAN —     About 200 Douglass school alumni from around the nation will return to Duncan this weekend for their biennial celebration, including a block party, parade and alumni reunion.

    Cheryl Jackson, an event coordinator, said that Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be filled with a variety of festivities, not just for the alumni, but for the Duncan community.

    To begin the weekend, an opening ceremony will be 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Douglass Senior Citizen’s Center, the old home of the Douglass Dragons.

    The block party, which begins at 5 p.m., will last to midnight. Jackson said that a picnic will follow the opening ceremony, as well as bingo and a variety of tournaments, including pool, dominoes and a game of horse basketball. Vendors selling merchandise and food as well as a DJ will be on hand.

    During the block party, a school exhibit honoring Douglass School, which opened in 1936 as a pre-integration school and closed in 1968, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.

    “After the festivities end at the senior citizens building, there will be a hospitality that will continue from 9 to midnight for the alumni at Holiday Inn,” Jackson said.

    The parade will kick off at 10 p.m. on Saturday. The procession will start on Main Street and end at the old Douglass School, located on 2nd Street. The parade has 30 entries so far.

    After the parade, the alumni meeting will take place. The celebration will continue at 6 p.m. with a banquet at the Simmons Center. This is the only event that will cost money.

    “The banquet is a ‘white affair’ so a lot of people will dress in white linen,” Jackson said.

    Comedian Cheddrick Garrett from Minneapolis, Minn. will attend the event as entertainment.

    To conclude the weekend, Jackson said that a church service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

    After almost two years of event planning, Jackson enourages all that are interested to attend.

    “They are coming from all over the U.S.,” she said. “This is open to the public and we encourage all to come out and participate.”

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