Emma Henderson Wallace
A native of Waxahachie, Texas, Emma Shirley Henderson Wallace (1876-1968) attended school at Prairie View College before becoming a teacher in 1896. She taught in Tyler, Ellis and Jefferson Counties before moving to Orange in 1901 to become one of four teachers at Orange Colored School, which was housed in the Salem Methodist and Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Churches. She joined the Orange Public School faculty in 1914.
The widow of Lofty Henderson, Emma married Anderson Wallace in the 1920s. After serving first as a teacher at Moton High School, named for educator Robert Russa Moton, she was appointed principal in 1933. Under Wallace's 13-year leadership, the campus developed with a library, basketball and tennis courts, a band, choir, drama group and student clubs. A drill corps, which supported the school's longtime Dragons football team, formed in 1946. That same year, at the request of the Moton School Parent -Teacher Association, the school was renamed Emma H. Wallace High School in her honor.
Emma Wallace retired from Orange public schools in 1952. In addition to her role as educator, she was also an active member in Mount Zion
The community Wallace served for the better part of a century continues to honor her memory. Her legacy is remembered by the many students whose lives she affected through her dedication to educating the youth of Orange's African American community and her devotion to her pupil's success.
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14608.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series list.
Location. 30° 6.235′ N, 93° 43.669′ W. Marker is in Orange, Texas, in Orange County. Marker is on Simmons Drive (Business State Highway 90) south of West Turrett Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orange TX 77630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hollywood Community Cemetery (about 300 feet away); Black Education in Orange County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Salem United Methodist Church
More about this marker. Located in the Hollywood Community Cemetery
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 569 times since then and 105 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2018.