Author Archives: S.P. Brown

About S.P. Brown

I really enjoy writing stories about my childhood, growing up black. I began writing when I was 7 years old, after being assigned to write an essay by my 2nd grade teacher. The essay was entitled "What I Did Over The Thanksgiving Break". I enjoyed retelling that story so much I've been writing ever since . The essay I wrote for that assignment was The Long Way Home, I hope you enjoy it,

Separate But Equal

Lewis Mountain Negro Picnic area had closed by the time our family started enjoying Skyline Drive. When we were growing up, our dad really enjoyed taking Sunday drives through the country. We’d drive for hours. The night before our outing … Continue reading

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Thinking About Mama

Earlene Brown holding her daughter Marcia… It’s two o’clock on Sunday afternoon and I’m sitting in my living room watching an old Western on TV. I leaned back in my chair and peeked over into the kitchen, no one was … Continue reading

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Historic Schools of Fauquier County, Virginia

Remington Colored School class picture, taken @1900. Photo courtesy of the Brown/ Gibson family archives Historic Schools of Fauquier County, Virginia USGS Topo Map Bethel School Marshall Blackwell Town School Midland Cherry Hill School Linden Crest Hill School Flint Hill … Continue reading

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The Association

I’m done, I got nothing left. No more stories. I’ve completely run out of tales about growing up in Remington, Virginia. To some of you, I know this comes as good news. How many childhood stories can one person conjure … Continue reading

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Hard To Find

Factory Worker. Photo courtesy: https://commons.wikimedia.org Stagalee had been working at the gun factory in Midland, Virginia for almost a year by the time Celestia Brentwood Farnsworth was hired there in 1979. Stag ran the CNC machine, milling and boring pistol … Continue reading

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Norfolk State College: The Untold Story

The Norfolk State College Student Union building, where I spent every waking moment in the ping pong room 1971-1972 “Big – Bad – Moses – Rose!” “Da-da-da” “Big – Bad – Moses – Rose!” “Da-da-da” “Big – Bad – Moses … Continue reading

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