Good Shepherd Church conducted its first all-summer reunion for former parochial school students on June 3. Seven of Father Robert Nathaniel Perry Sr.’s grandchildren visited Thomasville to help celebrate the occasion.
Perry was former vicar of the Church of the Good Shepherd. He also served for 32 years until his retirement as the vicar and headmaster to the parochial school, K-5th grade, on Jan. 1, 1957.
After the reunion, the Jack Hadley Black History Museum invited the guests to view some of its Perry family photos, letters and documents from his involvement in the community. He was one of the leaders in the black community from the early 1930s through the 1950s.
The grandchildren shared a story about spending the summer with their grandfather and grandmother, M. Ada Perry. They would visit Lloyd and Ruth Hadley at Pebble Hill Plantation.
The parochial school educated many of the black children of Thomasville until the public school system made provisions for them. After that, the church operated a primary school only.