Fading Away- Stonewall Jackson School, Concord, North Carolina

A mans quest to make a difference in the lives of troubled youth led to the opening of this reformatory school in the early 1900’s.  Sadly, it is being swallowed up by ivy, overwhelmed by nature, and left to slowly fade from memory.  As I was taking pictures of this remarkable piece of history, I couldn’t help but think about how one man, upon hearing of an orphaned 13 year being sent to hard labor after stealing $1.30, decided there must be a better way.  After years of hard work, he opened this school and helped to reform, educate, and teach job skills to young boys who would be otherwise tossed around our chaotic judicial system.  It is bittersweet to think of those who were offered a second chance at this school, and in contrast, those who won’t ever be afforded the same opportunity. It seems society has deemed such places not worthy of financial support. So many people are debating gun laws (rightly so), but I can’t help but ponder why places like this school are not up and running, why are we not helping our troubled youth with mental health programs and education? Is it really easier to discard troubled individuals by locking them up?  Why does it seem we are a disposable society? How many mass shootings, bombings, etc. will it take for us to wake up and consider that the status quo is imploding all around us?  Many thoughts today as I wandered around this historic site that was made possible by one man’s insight and vision for change.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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