For years, the graves of Dr. and Mrs. Calvin Scott Brown were threatened by a full-size cedar tree. There were fears that the cedar would eventually fall during a storm and either uproot the Browns’ graves or break the 6-foot high monument. At the request of Chowan Discovery, Dr. Michael D. Perry, Superintendent of Hertford County Public Schools, quickly had the tree cut down. For the first time in years, people can view the graves and monument under the open sky. Thank you much, Dr. Perry!
Dr. and Mrs. Brown are the educational founders of what was Chowan Academy, later Waters Training School and now C.S. Brown High School in Winton, NC. The school was launched by the efforts of local Baptist leaders of color who formed the Chowan Educational Association. The Association owned Waters Training School until 1924 when it became part of the Hertford County public school system. What was Chowan Academy in 1886 is now 128 years old. C.S. Brown High now is a STEM school (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).