Workers Uncover Untouched Blackboards From 1917 Hidden Away In This School

During renovations, builders made this magnificent discovery

Some workers recently started work on remodeling Emerson High School in Oklahoma. During the repairs, they made an incredible find…

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OKCPS Emerson

One of the first things the workers needed to do was get rid of the old blackboards in each classroom. The school was looking to move into the digital age and install smartboards to make teaching easier and more fun.

So, the workers started removing the boards, but what they found behind them was truly amazing.

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OKCPS Emerson

It turned out that the boards had actually been placed on top of another set of chalkboards, except these older ones dated back all the way to 2017!

Incredibly enough, the writings and drawings on the boards were still intact, giving us a glimpse into school life almost a century ago.

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OKCPS Emerson

We can see how teaching methods have changed over the years. It seems like, back in 1917, kids were being taught how to multiply with a bizarre circular table. The current principal of the school, Sherry Kishore, said “I have never seen that technique in my life”. Neither have we, Sherry!

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OKCPS Emerson

If you can’t quite read the message in the photo above, here’s a transcript:

“I give my head, my heart, and my life to my God and One nation indivisible with justice for all.”

The handwriting is very old-fashioned and traditional. If teachers wrote like that these days, many kids would probably struggle to keep up in class!

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OKCPS Emerson

The boards are dated at November of 1917, so this image probably represents the Thanksgiving turkey.

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OKCPS Emerson

The principal decided to being her 85-year-old mom into school to see the boards. Apparently, the old lady simply burst into tears as she was reminded of her own school days, so many years ago.

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OKCPS Emerson

We can’t really know who did the drawings on the boards. It’s possible that some were done by students and others were done by teachers. Either way, they’re all fascinating.

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OKCPS Emerson

The school’s English teacher, Cinthea Corner, summed it up best by saying “It was so eerie because the colors were so vibrant it looked like it was drawn the same day. To know that it was drawn 100 years ago… it’s like you’re going into a looking glass into the past.”

OKCPS Emerson
OKCPS Emerson

The school is over a century old, having been build in 1895, but this is definitely the most incredible historical discovery made on the school grounds to date. The building has been remodelled multiple times over the last 100 years, but these boards remained hidden for all that time.

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OKCPS Emerson

If you’re worrying about these images being lost forever, there’s no need to panic. The school is in touch with the necessary authorities and plans to keep the boards in their original state. They’d certainly look great in a museum!

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OKCPS Emerson

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