African-American seniors make history at Fayette Academy

Published: Apr. 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM CDT
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(WMC-TV) - Fayette Academy has been around since 1965. Forty-six years later, on May 20 of this year, two seniors will be making history as the first two African-American graduates of the school.

With a little over a month of school left, academics are still top priority for Fayette Academy seniors Connor Henson and Marcus Miller.

In fact, on this day, they are talking term papers. But long term, these two are in a class of their own as the first African-American graduates.

"I never really thought about it. But it's actually exciting," said Marcus Miller.

"We were really really didn't hit me or him. We were just kids coming to this school yesterday and today, we're supposedly making history," added senior Connor Henson.

Marcus Miller came to the school his sophomore year. He says he actually chose to move here from Olive Branch.

Miller will go to college at Southern Illinois University in the fall.

"I've always been interested in private schools. Better opportunity, better scholarships, things like that," said Miller.

Connor Henson is looking forward to college at UT Martin. He has been at Fayette Academy since the 7th grade.

When Henson first started, he said he was a bit scared being one of the few African-American students there, but pretty soon that changed.

"When I finally settled down and I took everybody in, I made family members," Henson continued.

Henson's dad grew up in South Memphis and has always wanted his children to have better. And for these two friends, there is no place they would rather be than at Fayette Academy.

"These people have done everything in their power to make sure me and Marcus are comfortable, like we were here," said Henson.

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