LAWRENCEVILLE — Local author and historian Mary Frazier Long has penned a new book that details the history of Lawrenceville City Schools, a district that was consolidated in 1957.
“About Lawrenceville Schools,” a yearbook-sized, 265-page book gives a decades long, documented account of the district including photographs from old yearbooks and classroom reunions and newspaper clippings.
Long said the book was an attempt to preserve history.
“It was just an effort at making sure the times in Lawrenceville weren’t forgotten,” Long said.
Over the years, Long has written many other books as well including “About Lawrenceville,” an ambitious historical volume that compiles information about the city.
A past president of the Georgia Retired Educators Association, Long was born in Lawrenceville in 1932.
After graduating from Lawrenceville High School, she earned degrees from the University of Georgia and West Georgia College.
She taught in Georgia public schools for 34 years.
Long said her new book is “not fiction except in cases where my imagination took over.”
“I put this book together knowing deep down inside that if my nouns and verbs disagreed, my former teachers ... would be deeply grieved and might even shake angel fingers in my direction.”
Long said she put the book together because she has “always loved books, so I wanted to put down some memories of Lawrenceville schools in book form. My hope is that technology does not take over so that published books disappear from homes, libraries and books stores.”
To get a copy of “About Lawrenceville Schools,” visit Scotland Yard Antiques at 125 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville. Books are available for $20.
For more information or to order a copy of the book, visit www.southernlionbooks.com