“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lubbock in Lubbock County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Mary & Mac Private School

Mary & Mac Private School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, March 10, 2021
1. Mary & Mac Private School Marker

In 1954, Lucille Graves established Mary & Mac Private School as a preschool for African-American students. Named for a version of the hand-clapping song “Mary Mack,” emphasizing aspirations for the students to become contributing members of society, the institution offered an alternative to local public schools in a time when private schools for African Americans were rare.

Teachers received permission from the Rev. A.L. Dunn to hold their first classes in the auditorium of New Hope Baptist Church, before soon moving to two small frame houses on the 1300 block of East 24th Street. Lucille Graves taught classes along with her husband, Caesar; other family members later joined as faculty, as Graves expanded school services. To meet the needs of the growing school, Caesar Graves and the Mary & Mac Parent-Teacher Association began to raise funds for a new building, and in 1961, the school moved to a newly constructed structure at 902 East 28th Street. Here, Mary & Mac began offering junior high and high school courses. The faculty often worked multiple positions to meet the expanding activities offered at the school.


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its peak, Mary & Mac Private School served a student population of approximately 120 students. Mary & Mac closed in 1993, shortly after Lucille Graves passed away. Besides her work with the school, Graves was noted for being the first African American accepted into Texas Tech; she later earned a doctorate from the Inter-Baptist Theological Center of Houston. Today, Dr. Graves is remembered for her activism and for Mary & Mac Private School, whose graduates have made significant contributions locally, regionally and throughout the nation.
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16689.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1954.
Location. 33° 34.108′ N, 101° 49.578′ W. Marker is in Lubbock, Texas, in Lubbock County. Marker is at the intersection of East 28th Street and Ivory Avenue, on the left when traveling west on East 28th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 902 E 28th Street, Lubbock TX 79404, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Gilead Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Buddy Holly Historical Marker (approx. 0.6 miles away); City of Lubbock Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (approx.
Mary & Mac Private School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, March 10, 2021
2. Mary & Mac Private School Marker
¾ mile away); New Hope Baptist Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Lubbock's First Cotton Gin (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bradford Knapp (approx. 1.1 miles away); J.I. Allison House circa 1950s (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lubbock.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2021, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2021, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 5, 2023