“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Blackshear Elementary School

Blackshear Elementary School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, November 18, 2007
1. Blackshear Elementary School Marker
Inscription. Blackshear Elementary School opened in 1891 to provide free public education to African-American children in the community then known as Gregory Town, Blackshear Elementary School was known in earlier years as School No. 3, Gregory Town School and Gregory School. In 1936, it was named for Edward I. Blackshear (1862-1919), a 19th-century teacher and principal who left Austin in 1895 to become head of Prairie View College. Programs and facilities for Blackshear students, including the establishment of a school library in 1934, expanded as the number of students increased. Now serving an ethnically diverse population in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade classes, Blackshear is an important part of Austin's educational history.
Erected 2001 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12825.)
Location. 30° 15.996′ N, 97° 43.324′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from East 11th Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1712 E. 11th St, Austin TX 78702, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Olive Baptist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tillotson College
Blackshear Elementary School image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, November 18, 2007
2. Blackshear Elementary School
A portion of the marker can be seen here at the far left of the photo.
(about 500 feet away); Sailor from the Belle Shipwreck (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington Carver Branch Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); State Cemetery of Texas (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Tom (approx. 0.3 miles away); Winslow Turner (approx. 0.3 miles away); George Weedon (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
Categories. African AmericansEducation
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,041 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 5, 2016.
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