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Yoakum in DeWitt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Asberry School

 
 
Asberry School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 8, 2021
1. Asberry School Marker
Inscription.  

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
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point in the African American community for their educational needs and for social functions. The school provided a central meeting place for religious groups, training opportunities in canning, cooking and agriculture, and disaster relief. This historic institution is a lasting memorial to the dedicated principals, teachers, custodians and alumni who have fostered and supported the community through education.
 
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17730.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1930.
 
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);
Front entrance to the Yoakum Intermediate School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 8, 2021
2. Front entrance to the Yoakum Intermediate School
Chisholm Trail Memorial Park (approx. 1½ miles away); The 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.
 
The view of the Asberry School Marker from the road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 8, 2021
3. The view of the Asberry School Marker from the road
 
 
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 672 times since then and 133 times this year. 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.

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