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J W Brown, III Auditorium Renaming Ceremony

On February 27, 2021, a group of Western Union School alumni and special guests gathered outside for the renaming of the Western Union Auditorium. 

Our auditorium will be known as the JW Brown, III, Auditorium.  The auditorium was named in honor and appreciation of Mr. Brown who was the first principal of Western Union School. 

Having a dream to offer high school education to African-American students, Principal Brown helped to establish Western Union School in 1940.  This school was located in the Marvin area. 

After a fire destroyed the Marvin site of Western Union School, a new school was constructed at our current site in 1956.  Mr. Brown continued to be the principal until his death in 1968.  During this time, Mr. Brown worked with UCPS in the desegregation of schools.

During the ceremony, Mrs. Ertha Burch McCain, from the Western Union Class of 1951, gave a commemorative historical presentation.  Mrs. McCain fondly reminisced about Principal Brown and her time at Western Union School.

The plaque is proudly displayed in the J W Brown, III, Auditorium.

We would like to thank the Western Union School Alumni Association for planning and fundraising for the renaming, Mineral Springs Mayor Rick Becker, Waxhaw Mayor Ronald Pappas, and Union County Commissioner Richard Helms for speaking at the ceremony. 

All Covid-19 safety protocols were in place during the ceremony.


J W Brown, III

Mrs. McCain