Dear Distinguished Alumni:
50 years ago, history was being made in our communities as our 
African-American schools closed their doors for the last time.

Our hearts were saddened in 1965, but our minds were filled with 
fear and foreboding, because we were entering the brave, new world of integration.

Gone were the athletic competitions of our Tri-State Conference, the 
football and basketball traditions, the brotherhoods, sisterhoods... 
the family we shared as individual alumni at the BEST schools in all 
of Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Now, 50 years later, it is time to remember those school closings and 
the heritages they cultivated.

You are cordially invited to attend the "Great Golden Gathering 2015" 
to come together for the first time in 50 years.. to commemorate those 
closings in one unified, beautiful spirit.  We will celebrate the athletic 
competitions we all had in football and basketball... we will celebrate 
the academic competitions we all had in spelling bees, geography 
contests and science projects.... we will celebrate the musical competitions 
we all had in choruses and band.

Ours is a spirit, never ending, and worthy of passing on to the next generations.

The Great Golden Gathering 2015 will be at the Holiday Inn and 
Bristol Convention Center in Bristol, Virginia, with a reception on Friday 
August 28th, get-togethers on Saturday, August 29th culminating with a 
huge banquet that night, and a memorial church service on Sunday, 
August 30th.   The cost is $100 per person, with a $25 non-refundable 
deposit required by June 15th (the $25 will be deducted from the $100 
total, leaving only $75 due).  Please make your checks out to 
Great Golden Gathering 2015, and send them to:

Great Golden Gathering 2015
810 North Hill Drive
Johnson City, TN 37604

Please don't miss this opportunity to be a part of history once again.  
50 years.  We may not have another chance.
For more information, contact your own individual alumni board 
members or email douglassriverview@gmail.com Also, feel free to call 
Calvin Sneed at (423) 847-5139,

Thank you, see you at the Gathering and bring your alumni school 
spirit and stories to share!

Calvin Sneed
For the Organizational Committee
The Great Golden Gathering 2015
The 12 African-American Schools of Upper East Tennessee-Southwest Virginia

Bland High School, Big Stone Gap, VA
Douglass High School, Bristol, VA
Slater High School, Bristol, TN
Douglas High School, Elizabethton
Langston High School, Johnson City, TN
Douglass High School, Kingsport, TN
George Clem High School, Greeneville, TN
Swift College High School, Rogersville, TN
Tanner High School, Newport, TN
Morristown College & West High School, Morristown, TN
Nelson-Merry High School, Jefferson City, TN
Austin High School, Knoxville, TN
And the Associated African-American Elementary Schools in the Area
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