Yoakum in DeWitt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Located in northeastern Dewitt County, the Asberry School served the educational needs of the African American community in Yoakum beginning in 1930. Formerly known as the Yoakum Negro Public School, it formed out of the consolidation of two African American schools in 1920. Tradition states that a new school building was erected on this site with money from the Rosenwald fund, a philanthropic endeavor developed by Sears, Roebuck and company president Julius Rosenwald, to improve the quality of African American education in the south. The school initially housed ten grades but soon the full twelve were offered.
In 1948, the school was renamed Asberry High School in honor of its principal, Professor J.D. Asberry. Professor Asberry had a famous saying among the students and community that is proudly displayed on campus: "Never Spend a Dollar When a Dime will do." The school remained as an African American school until integration, and in 1966 the last Senior class graduated. The school remained in the current independent school system and was used as a facility on the intermediate campus.
The Asberry School was a focal point
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17730.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education.
Location. 29° 16.772′ N, 97° 8.9′ W. Marker is in Yoakum, Texas, in DeWitt County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Aubrey Street and Pulliam Street. The marker is located in front of the Yoakum Intermediate School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 208 Aubrey Street, Yoakum TX 77995, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Municipal Power Plant (approx. half a mile away); First Methodist Church of Yoakum (approx. 0.6 miles away); Yoakum National Bank (approx. ¾ mile away); St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Yoakum (approx. 1½ miles away); Chisholm Trail Memorial ParkThe Trail Drivers of Southwest Texas (approx. 1½ miles away); von Hugo - von Clausewitz Family Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yoakum.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 19, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.