In Memoriam

In Memoriam - Caroline Baker Allen, Founder, Carver-Hill Memorial and Historical Society, Inc.

As a teacher, activist, creative writing instructor, museum curator and 2001 inductee in the Okaloosa County Women’s Hall of Fame, Caroline Allen is remembered for her efforts to keep Crestview’s African-American community in the spotlight for more than 50 years. Mrs. Allen, who died in a car accident in August 2005, was born in Belton, Texas in 1925 and moved with her family to North Okaloosa County in 1949. She began her teaching career at Drew High School and was transferred in 1954 to Carver-Hill School, where she taught English and business classes.

From 1968 to 1979, she was the head of the Business Department at Crestview High School. After retiring from the Okaloosa County School Board, she began her career as a civic leader. Mrs. Allen served in an official capacity with the Crestview Chamber of Commerce, the Arts Council, the NAACP, the Eglin Air Force Base African- American Committee, and the Okaloosa County Library Focus Group. In the 1970s Mrs. Allen worked to convince the school district that what had been the Carver-Hill School’s lunchroom should be converted into the Carver-Hill Museum.

She gathered school memorabilia and wrote grant applications for state and federal assistance. Later, she envisioned building a larger museum and shepherded its construction from fund raising to completion. Throughout the remainder of her retirement, Mrs. Allen contributed to her community by advising small businesses, writing letters and providing advice to citizens. She was a leading organizer of Crestview’s annual May Day celebration.

City of Crestview Mourned, , the death or Caroline Baker Allen.

In Memoriam 2011




  Doris Luvienia Stocker-Wilson   February 4, 2011   Carver-Hill Class of 1958
  Leola Lang Boyer   February 26, 2011   Carver-Hill Teacher
  Dorothy Paul Walker   March 25, 2011   Carver-Hill Teacher
  James Thomas Potter   April 15, 2011   Citizen City of Ft Walton Beach, Florida

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