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O.J. Thomas High School

 
 
O.J. Thomas High School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 1, 2020
1. O.J. Thomas High School Marker
Inscription.  Early efforts to serve the educational needs of Cameron's African American students centered on church instruction at a place called "Little Rocky" Church in the Marlow Community. In 1923, Oscar John Thomas (1894-1977) joined the district to serve as principal and teacher. Under his leadership, the district secured financing from the Julius Rosenwald fund and built a new facility in 1925. The school was renamed for Thomas in 1938. Thirty years later, during integration, the facility became Cameron Junior High. A 1974 petition changed the name back to O.J. Thomas. In 1995, the junior high closed, and in 1998, the building was sold to an alumni group for use as a community center.
 
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12894.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1923.
 
Location. 30° 51.44′ N, 96° 59.147′ W. Marker is in Cameron, Texas, in Milam County. Marker is on West 6th Street west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, on
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the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cameron TX 76520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Monica's Catholic Church (approx. half a mile away); All Saints Episcopal Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Cameron (approx. 0.6 miles away); First National Bank of Cameron (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wied Hardware Store (approx. 0.7 miles away); The B.J. and Sue Dollar Baskin Home (approx. ¾ mile away); Mrs. Edna Westbrook Trigg (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cameron.
 
O.J. Thomas High School Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 1, 2020
2. O.J. Thomas High School Marker Area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 105 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 3, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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