Roosevelt Odom, Jr Donated $25

Waving hands! Roosevelt Odom, Jr., nicknamed Spunky, donated $25! He was a 1977 stellar graduate of old Black school at North Carolina School for the Deaf – the VERY FIRST Black school in America to open after the Civil War ended. He had experienced the segregation in Raleigh before he moved to the integration at NCSD in Morganton.

I had the honor of meeting Spunky in Raleigh some time ago. Spunky also showed me and my friend Grace (Laird) Shaffer around a difference location where the first private school (now known as NCSD, it opened in Raleigh in 1843) once stood. (Interesting note: the man who opened the private school became GSD’s third superintendent years later.) The private school eventually became the incorporated State school (NCSD) in 1845. Both locations (private school and incorporated State school) were in Raleigh. See the picture of Grace, me, Spunky and indeed Baylee with his “drama” pose in the building (formerly dormitory). See how beautiful it is inside! This building was the NCSD’s sole surviving building and it had a plaque with the historical information about NCSD.

Watch out for a short video showing the years of NCSD and its locations to be posted soon!

Thank you very much again, Spunky, for your donation!♥️

10 percent from all purchased ASL Rose products ( will go to the National Deaf Schools Museum, and we also welcome ANY amount of donation toward the purchasing of the Primary Building (or PB for short).

Please help make a dream come true in purchasing and turning the PB into three divisions: the future National Deaf Schools Museum, a new home for GSD Museum, and also a new home for ASL Rose:


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