The Prestwick Preservation Society was recognized by the State of Alabama as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2019. PPS’ first project was the development of Prestwick Preservation Park. The Park was designed and blue-printed by Virginia Micki Savage, President of the organization.
Rev. Richmond Chaney, Robert Chaney, Darnell Johnson, Jackie Roy Johnson, Jack "Butch" Yelder, Mint J. Reed, David Robertson, Connor Etheredge, Carlos & Gregg Savage cleared the property and the developing began. The next phase was the placement of the historic marker. The marker commemorates a local historic Rosenwald School, Prestwick High School, (which no longer stands). The marker also commemorates the old Prestwick Post Office.
The Prestwick Park Project, a separate and distinct entity, hosted a gathering of Prestwick High School Alumni, recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the closing of the historic Rosenwald School. Former students of Prestwick High School planned their celebration for May 11, 2019, which coincidentally was the same day for the Prestwick Preservation Park unveiling. Sharing the May 11, 2019 date reinforced the strong, collective commitment to ensure that the history of the Prestwick community is preserved for generations to come.
Prestwick Preservation Society in collaboration with Ms. Cooper and the Chanticleer Learning Center invited the former students of Prestwick High School to join us after their School Reunion Celebration for our Park Dedication and Unveiling Ceremony. Having the Prestwick High School alumni as our special guests was truly a historic moment in local and State History.
HISTORY WAS MADE:
On May, 11, 2019, the Prestwick Preservation Society dedicated the Prestwick Preservation Park and unveiled a Historic Marker in commemoration of Alabama's Bicentennial and the 50th Anniversary of the closing of a local Rosawald School.
Along with Prestwick Preservation Society, former students of the local Rosenwald School (Prestwick High School) were present to witness the unveiling of Washington County's "First African American Historic Marker", placed in the "First African American History Park" in Prestwick, Alabama.
Prestwick Preservation Park is also the First Park in the County and possibly the state designed and managed by an African American woman, Virginia Micki Savage.
This events took place on the Bicentennial year of Alabama, in the First established County in Alabama (Washington) "The County Where Alabama Began" and was coordinated by the Prestwick Preservation Society, the First African American Society in Washington County dedicated to preserving local Black History.