When Bessie Bordenave talks about her high school experience, she swells with pride.
“I was part of the best class — the class of 1962,” she says. “I loved going to Harriet Tubman High School. We felt like we were a family.”
It’s a love that hasn’t faded in the half-century since Howard County’s last all-black high school closed, just three years after she graduated. Walking its empty halls on a recent winter day, Bordenave is confident that the building is ready for its next act — as a cultural center filled with the hundreds of artifacts and mementos she’s collected over the years from alumni and staff.
Bordenave, 74, leads the Harriet Tubman Foundation, a dedicated...