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This park is named after Professor Alvin C. Caviness, who was principal of Brunswick County Training School from 1932 until his retirement in 1970. Due to his strong role-modeling and intense dedication to his students, he was one of the most well-loved and respected educators at BCT. He was known as a strong but fair disciplinarian. He encouraged his students to reach for achievement. In the words of one former student, “He cared for us like we were his children”. Caviness was known for his philosophy that adverse situations can bring out the best in people. When BCT lacked a safe place for students to play sports, he encouraged the students, teachers and parents to work together to build a gymnasium. It became a source of pride for Southport’s African American community to see what they could accomplish together. Caviness Park is dedicated to Professor Caviness and continues to be a joyful place where the children and families of Southport can come together.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Southport, NC African American Heritage Tour
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