A group of negro children coming out of the Calhoun Colored School in Lowndes County, Alabama . Students make a small model of a hut with wood and a paper. Students learn craft work. A teacher calls the students. Girls learning to make their own dresses for their graduation ceremony. A girl displays the hand crafted dress. Townspeople dressed in their best walk along the road approaching the school to attend the graduation exercises. A band marching off to start the commencement ceremony. A huge gathering of people present. Young men and women graduates of the Calhoun School take the stage in pairs for the graduation ceremony. Several educators address the audience, including Calhoun School Principal, Dr. Jerome F Kidder.
From a film titled "The Calhoun School - The Way to a Better Future". Scenes of poverty and lack of education for Negro farm residents of the "Big Swamp Section" of Lowndes County, followed by introduction to the Calhoun School which aims to improve circumstances for negro children in the area. Open dry farmland. A simple shack. A negro child sleeps on a wooden bench. Some negro children prepare some food in a container. Some negro women stand near a hut. A negro child sits beside a hut. A negro woman works near a container. A negro man plows the field using ox-driven plow. A negro woman works in the farm. A hut in background. A negro man and children walking. View of a simple one room school house. Some negro children play beside a tree. Young negro children sit with teachers and watch the older children beside the rural school. They all reenter the school house together. Picture of Miss Charlotte Thorn who founded the Calhoun School. View of the school grounds and buildings and students moving about. View of the school principal, Dr. Jerome F Kidder, seated in his office. Negro girls wearing white uniform gather for a morning flag raising ceremony. Negro girls and boys march and then gather for the flag ceremony.
Life of Negro townsmen in Calhoun, Alabama. A small Negro boy wearing hat and coat smiles and pose in Calhoun, Alabama. A tree in the background.
Life of Negro townsmen in Calhoun, Alabama. Four Negro boys pose in Calhoun, Alabama. One of them sits on a toy cart. Two Negro boys sit on toy carts pushed by three others. The boys run, pushing the carts along the village road.
Exteriors of the Calhoun Primary School in Calhoun, Alabama. Negro children play and make handicrafts during recess. Boys play while girls weave baskets and make handicrafts. A look at the shows and hairstyles of the Negro children. Children speak. Negro woman rings bell at the end of recess.
Negro children sit in classroom of the Calhoun Primary School in Calhoun, Alabama. A Negro boy reads from a book. Negro girl speaks.