Visit Of Benjamin E. Mays High School Of Atlanta
On 2015, the Benjamin E. Mays High School of Atlanta visited the Mays Historic Site. This was one of the most memorable visits that the Site has hostedduring the last ten years. About 50 students arrived in a huge bus and were immediately treated to a tour of Dr. Mays' birth home. As they came out the rear of the home, many of the students participated in chopping wood, washing clothes in the wash pot's boiling water, hanging clothes on the clothsline, picking vegetables, and taking photographs in the educational cotton field. Since most of these students were city kids, they reveled in being at the site which prides itself in maintaining an appearance of a 1900's sharecropper's homestead. Aftera visit to the one-room schoolhouse reminiscent of the one that Dr. Mays' attended, complete with blackboards containingstudent assignments,the students enjoyed the museum with stories of how Dr. Maysstruggled with his father just to get out of Greenwood to attend high school at SC State College in Orangeburg, how he became a star student there, and the heart-warming story of how he met his first wife, Ellen, at high school, among others. Our State Senator Floyd Nicholson presented the students a beautiful framed print of Dr. Mays' birth home, and encouraged the students to work hard to be good students and live lives worthy of the legendary Dr. Benjamin E. Mays.