DeQuincy students make documentary on historic schools

By Crystal Price - bio | email

DEQUINCY, LA (KPLC) - Students at Dequincy High School are putting together a documentary on the historic black schools in the area.

The documentary will feature the beginning of the Pioneer school, Rosenwald school, and Grand Avenue schools in Dequincy.

Seven students are volunteering their time once a week to shooting interviews and editing together pieces of the school history for the "Louisiana Computer Using Educators" contest on November 5th.

"Every Tuesday we hold public forums where we ask questions about who founded the schools," said Ashlon Clement, a student at Dequincy High School.

In addition to learning the basics of film making, the students at Dequincy High School are also learning more about the history of the early black schools in the area.

"It's just very interesting to find out as an African American what my grandparents went through in school and how they got there," said Phillip Mitchell, a student at Dequincy High School.

Members of the community are also very excited about Dequincy High School's documentary.

"It just gave me the chills when I found out they were doing this," said Elizabeth Skinner, resident of Dequincy. "This is something I'd love to see and have as history.

If anyone has any information or pictures they would like to share in the documentary, please call Dequincy High School at (337) 217-4530.

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