Newtown Florist Club Black History Month Celebration
Where: Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School, 695 Fair St., Gainesville
Saturday: 10 a.m -6 p.m., basketball tournament with live music and a DJ. Cost: $3 for adults, $2 for children 10 and under
Sunday: 3 p.m. slam dunk contest, 5 p.m. musical tribute to Fair Street. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for children 10 and under
The Newtown Florist Club is closing Black History Month by remembering a long-standing Gainesville school.
The group is holding a basketball tournament Saturday and a musical tribute Sunday at Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School to recognize the history of the school.
"Last year turned out so well, so we decided to do another program this year in honor of the old (Fair Street) High School," said Faye Bush, the florist club's executive director.
"Soon they'll be in the process of tearing it down, and there's a lot of history there."
Florist club members tracked down a few members of the first graduating class to share memories.
"We also plan to recognize some of the black businesses that were along E.E. Butler Parkway to bring back memories about what it used to be like," Bush said. "When you see what the area looks like now, none of that history remains. It's gone and forgotten."
Recalling that history is important, especially for the students who attend Fair Street now, she said.
"If we don't know our history, we don't have anything to build on," Bush said. "A lot of kids didn't get to know about it because we didn't talk about it too much, and it's not displayed around the community that much."
The program's theme, "soon to be gone but not forgotten," will focus on different time periods during the school's existence.
"Just about everybody in Gainesville went here, and there are so many memories," said Jonathan Butts, one of the event organizers. "It's literally Gainesville."
Fair Street Principal Will Campbell will sing in the program, along with Brenau University students and the band Been There and Done It. The musical tribute will feature Fair Street's original anthem.
"All of us went to school there, it seems," Butts said. "My father went there in 1937, and that same gym was there. This will give people some nice time in that gym one last time."