Jasper in Jasper County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of J.H. Rowe School
Formal public education for African American students in the Jasper area dates to 1875 and the formation of a school at nearby Cold Springs. It moved to a new campus in Jasper in 1924, the same year James Hoff Rowe came as administrator. Born in Panola County in 1876, Rowe attended Prairie View Normal and Industrial College (Prairie View A&M University) and Hampton Institute in Virginia. He served as dean at Prairie View before coming to Jasper. The education programs increased in scope and significance during his leadership, and he remained principal until his death in 1943. The school was later named in his honor, and it remained open until integration in 1968.
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13067.)
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° 55.027′ N, 93° 59.325′ W. Marker is in Jasper, Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jasper TX 75951, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. J. H. Rowe School History (here, next to this marker); Belle-Jim Hotel (approx. 0.7 miles away); Beaty-Orton House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jasper County Courthouse (approx. ¾ mile away); Jasper County, C. S. A. (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Jasper County (approx. ¾ mile away); The First Baptist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jasper.
More about this marker. Located in a small brick memorial garden.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2019.