My memory of Charlotte Gercke is of her exquisite beauty. At New Manumit (PA), another lad (who shall remain nameless) showed me how to climb up a linden tree behind the main building. Charlotte’s dorm room was on the second floor facing that tree. We were entirely concealed in the foliage, and she didn’t pull down the shade or turn off the lights as she disrobed. As I said, exquisite beauty.
If you share this with the rest of the Manumit community, just copy the preceding paragraph and omit my name. If you are curious, the unnamed lad was Craig Work. After I left Manumit in 1946, I used to occasionally run into him and Mark Sicilianos, another former Manumiter, as they were playing handball somewhere along Sixth Ave. between Houston and 8-th St. The last I heard of Craig was that he had become Harry Bellafonte’s accompanist. You would think the name Craig Work would be rare, but when I searched the name on the Internet, there appeared to be dozens of people with the same name.