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Letter: Sanford Martin
History close to home

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Recently, as I walked around the track at Carver Elementary School, enjoying the beautiful landscape and the well-kept playground for the kids, I thought about the many days I rode the bus from lower Axton to attend the historical black school. I thought about the days of sneaking through the woods to go to the little black-owned Teddy’s Plantation restaurant.

What fascinated me the most was the plaque honoring black educator Samuel Trott, who helped a lot of young men attend college.

Then I thought I can travel back in history right here close to home. I don’t have to travel across town to the Dick & Willie Passage or Smith River Sports Complex for exercise. Even though I’ve lived in the Carver area for 37 years, I remember walking the tracks of the Dick and Willie train tracks in lower Axton as a kid. And passing the site of Smith River Sports Complex coming to Martinsville to the plants that no longer exist.

Sanford Martin



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