The historic marker was dedicated at 1:30PM Central Standard Time on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. All Bulldog students, teachers, administrators, and community supporters were invited to attend the historic event. Many Bulldogs wore their RCTS maroon and gold outfits (t-shirts, caps, etc.) School officials from the city of Roanoke and Randolph County attended the emotional ceremony.
Councilwoman Tammy Holley and Roanoke City Councilman MacArthur Bell, who both attended RCTS, spoke at the event and helped Roy Terry (class of '62) unveil the historic marker.
RCTS Scholarship Foundation Chairman, Dr. Alvin Thornton, was scheduled to make remarks, but was unable to attend. Gene Thornton, RCTS Secretary, spoke instead.
RCTS Graduate and Teacher Countess Shealey Chapman Visits the Marker
Mrs. Chapman (Class of '38) taught Physical Education and Social Studies at RCTS for many years. Her parents were among the leaders in the efforts to create RCTS. Her father, John T. Shealey, a prominent contractor and carpenter, along with Jessie Smedley, another carpenter, helped to build the 1919 RCTS school building. Her sister, Juanita Shealey Moore, also taught at RCTS. Her mother, Mrs. Mayme Shealey, was principal of Rock Mills Elementary School, which was also a Rosenwald school.