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

Powell Point School

Powell Point School Marker image. Click for full size.
September 2, 2006
1. Powell Point School Marker
Inscription. William E. Kendall, an Anglo lawyer from Richmond, Texas, subdivided his plantation here into 100-acre farm tracts in 1869. He sold the land exclusively to Freedmen and by the 1880s a distinctly African American community named Kendleton had developed here.

In 1890 local A.M.E. churches built three one room schools to form Common School District No. 4, an all-African American district which included the original land grant of Elizabeth Powell. Tellie B. Mitchell, a Kendleton native and graduate of Wiley College (1903), returned to Kendleton and established Powell Point School in 1904 in a two-room schoolhouse. The school prospered and in 1918 graduated six students, five of whom went on to college and became educators.

In 1923 Mitchell persuaded the Rosenwald Foundation to grant funds to build a Powell Point School facility here with six classrooms, a library, and an auditorium. The school became a model institution and entry into its student body was an advantage sought by African Americans throughout southeast Texas. T. B. Mitchell served as school principal until 1954.

Powell Point, today an elementary school, is a locally revered institution which symbolizes Kendleton's unique cultural heritage and promise for the future.
Erected 1995 by Texas Historical Commission,
Eagle Scout Project image. Click for full size.
By Samuel Collins III
2. Eagle Scout Project
This is a photo taken by the Powell Point School marker in Kendleton. Jarren Small has taken on as an Eagle Scout project the task of cleaning the THC markers in Kendleton. Kendleton, TX is rich in history and it is great that Jarren decided to go back to the small town and help clean up the markers. Congrats Jarren on a great project and the best of luck to you.
Sesquicentennial of Texas Statehood 1845-1995. (Marker Number 9057.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
Location. 29° 28.768′ N, 96° 1.268′ W. Marker is in Kendleton, Texas, in Fort Bend County. Marker is on State Road 2919 near Powell Point School Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beasley TX 77417, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kendleton (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Kendleton (approx. 2.5 miles away); Site of World War II Prisoner of War Camp (approx. 11.5 miles away); Wharton County Courthouse (approx. 12.7 miles away); Martin Allen (approx. 14.2 miles away).
Categories. African AmericansEducationNotable Persons
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,363 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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