MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Elenora T. (Caution) Briggs started school in a one-room segregated elementary school behind what was then Mercersburg High School on the corner of Park and West Seminary Streets in 1914.
She went to the segregated black school from kindergarten through the seventh grade. She remembers carrying drinking water to the school from a neighbor's house, the coal being stored on the front porch for the pot-bellied stove and an organ in the corner of the room.
"It didn't make any sense. Why couldn't we start school with the others?" Briggs said.
Briggs and her classmates were sent to the integrated Mercersburg High School for grades 8-12, graduating in 1926.
At 92, she might be the oldest Mercersburg High School alumnus to attend a schoolwide reunion on Sept. 25 at the First United Methodist Church's Faith and Fellowship Center.
More than 600 invitations were sent out and 360 people, including students and spouses, have responded, said Jack Smith, class of 1944, chairman of the eight-member reunion committee.