PLANT CITY – The community of Bealsville celebrated its tradition and heritage June 7 with an annual fundraising banquet to help an historic landmark. Bealsville Inc. President and CEO Henry Davis said the money raised from the banquet will go toward the maintenance and reconstruction of the Historic Glover School, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “This is what your community’s about,” he said. “A lot of people become complacent but it’s your community; it’s your school.”
A tally of how much was raised by the $35-per-person dinner wasn’t available. The school at 5009 Nesmith Road traces it roots to just after the Civil War, when the community was founded by former slaves. The school was named for one of its founders, William Glover, when it moved to the 10-acre campus in the early 1930s. The school closed in 1980 and has become a community center.
Davis said the nonprofit completed partial reconstruction of the school in November 2013, repairing the administration office, the auditorium, the kitchen and converting a classroom into a museum. Executive Director Gwendolyn Thomas said Bealsville Inc. depends on the fundraiser and other community support of the school site.
“The churches and individual residents donate to the main funds for the school,” she said.
Thomas said the banquet, which originally began years ago as an annual fundraiser for college students, is a time of fellowship.
“This is a good opportunity to bring the community together,” she said. The banquet’s featured speaker was former educator and Bealsville Inc. board Chairman Herman Hargrett. He spoke of the importance of strong character. “If your community is going to survive you have to have some guiding principles and beliefs,” he said. “Bealsville is a unique place; Bealsville seems to draw people into their community.”