- The Washington Times - Friday, December 29, 2006

BALTIMORE (AP) — Adele V. Holden, a retired teacher who wrote of growing up in segregated Pocomoke City, died Dec. 22 at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 87.

In her book, “Down on the Shore: The Family and Place that Forged a Poet’s Voice,” published in 2000, she wrote of Pocomoke City in the 1920s and ‘30s, where her father worked as an auto mechanic and vowed that his children would get a proper high school education.

He persuaded Worcester County officials to add a 10th-grade teacher for black students and drove his daughter 20 miles to Snow Hill High School, where she graduated in 1936.

“I never doubted my worth as a person. My father was a good person, but he was very stern about certain things,” Miss Holden said in a 1999 interview with the Baltimore Sun. “He taught us to value ourselves. We had enough guidance to know we were as good as anybody else out there, black or white.”

Miss Holden moved to Baltimore in the 1930s, graduated from what is now Morgan State University and joined the city school system. She later earned a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Survivors include a brother and a sister.

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