Margaret Rogers

– Wilmington, NC
A child who saw German POWs housed in a Wilmington Camp

In 1944, Margaret Sampson Rogers was a first grader at Wilmington’s Williston Primary School where she had several unusual experiences, including trying to communicate with the men who lived in a fenced-in building just across the street from the school; seeing them march down the street; and learning games on how to react if they escaped. These were German POWs and they were confined in a facility located across the street from Williston School. Rogers — a most curious child — was totally fascinated by them and their language. She also has vivid memories of blackouts and rationing. Rogers is a local historian who has written a play about her experiences in the war.