I arrived at 5:30am at the Harris-Stowe State University Campus where MAAGI was being held. Some of the attendees were staying at a local hotel, while others decided to stay on campus in the dorms. I am one who decided to stay on campus.
My arrival into St. Louis was an adventure in itself. The shuttle dropped me off on the side of William Gillespie Hall. I wasn't sure if the building was the dorm I was staying in and was unsure if the building was open. I contemplated what to do next.
I looked to my right at the end of the campus and saw a huge building that I was drawn to. It had the name of the University on it. I felt moved to take pictures of the building before I went to Gillespie Hall to see if I could check in. As I took the pictures, I said to myself, "I hope that I will have the opportunity to visit my fathers Alma Mater, Vashon H.S."
I put my camera away, and walked back to the Gillespie building to check in.
I was able to get my key to the dorm, and put my things in my private room. I freshened up as my 1st day of workshops were going to begin within a few hours. The ladies that share the living space with me were very cordial, and then we went to breakfast.
When I arrived to the Institute, I was greeted by Charles Brown, who resides in St. Louis, and is the coordinator of MAAGI. We talked a few times prior to my arrival into St. Louis. I had shared with him that my father was a Vashon Alumni and I was interested in seeing the old campus. After Charles gave me my registration badge, he asked me to follow him so he could show me something. Off I went to the window and he pointed to the building I had felt the urge to photograph. He said, "That building is the Old Vashon H.S."
My mouth dropped! I was shocked at what I heard and asked him to repeat what he said.
"That is the Old Vashon H.S."
I had known at that moment I had had a spiritual encounter with my ancestor. I knew that my father wanted me to be here at Harris-Stowe State University so I could see where he attended H.S.
These are a few of the initial photos I took of the "Old" Vashon H.S. [I have taken more photos on the 2nd day and will show at a later post.]
What a great beginning of the MAAGI. More to come.