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Reunion of the Ages Holds Biennial Reunion

By Darlene Ely ROA President / November 1, 2022

Morristown, TN- The Reunion of the Ages held its Biennial Reunion over the weekend to celebrate the history of Morristown College.

Reunion of the Ages is an organization dedicated to preserving the history of former black educational institutions in the Morristown area.

Friday evening, members met in the LeConte Hotel Conference room for their annual Gala.

The room was surrounded with pictures and news clippings about Morristown College and Black educators that taught in Hamblen County.

Several past scholarship recipients spoke detailing the importance of the Reunion of the Ages and its scholarship program.

Saturday morning members traveled to Fulton Hill Park to reminisce about the school that was one the first high schools and colleges for freed slaves.

Following the stop at the park, the members traveled to First Presbyterian Church for a Gospel Concert and a Proclamation from Morristown City Mayor, Gary Chesney.

Lethia Yeary, a Reunion of the Ages board member, welcomed the crowd and thanked the members for their dedication to the organization.

Mayor Chesney highlighted the importance of the Reunion of the Ages and maintaining the history of Morristown College.

“Morristown College is a place of Morristown history that should be shared. Everyone should know about that institution and the rich history behind it,” he said.

“I applaud the Reunion of the Ages and the work you do to continue to keep the history alive.”

Following the proclamation were performances from the musical group “Witness”, Chandler Dukes, and Rock of Ages Baptist Church Choir.

Eden Alcala, a senior at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and Medical Center, shared her experience benefiting from the scholarship received from the Reunion of the Ages.

Finally, Darlene Ely, President of the Reunion of the Ages, gave her closing remarks.

“I appreciate everyone joining us this weekend, and I cannot wait to continue to preserve the history of Morristown College,” she said.

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