Bay City in Matagorda County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of Hilliard High School
Hilliard continued as teacher and later as principal at the school. Born in Georgia in 1863, he came to Texas in 1871 with his parents, Bunk and Mary, former slaves who strongly valued education. After his graduation from the Oakland Normal School, which opened in Gonzales in 1882 to train African American teachers, Mary encouraged her son to continue his education at Prairie View State Normal College. He taught in Bay City for 28 of his 48 years in education. He died in 1936 and is buried in Bay City's Eastview Cemetery with his wife, Pearl.
Recognizing Hilliard's contribution to the school, the
The ever-growing school needed a new building by the 1940s. Acclaimed architect Wyatt C. Hedrick designed a new facility, finished in 1948 at this site, where it served as Hilliard High School until 1967. The district then used it for two years as a junior high. Over the years, the school produced two state champion football teams and many other award-winning students, reflecting the community's pride and goals for its children.
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12731.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
Location. 28° 58.373′ N, 95° 58.844′ W. Marker is in Bay City, Texas, in Matagorda County. Marker is at the intersection of Letulle Avenue and Austin Street, on the right when traveling south on Letulle Avenue. The marker is located on the corner of the intersection set on a low level brick platform. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3008 Latulle Avenue, Bay City TX 77414, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Baptist Church of Bay City St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dr. Henry Hofmann Loos (approx. 0.9 miles away); Tribune Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); Le Tulle Building (Commercial Style) (approx. 0.9 miles away); Matagorda, C.S.A. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Austin Building (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bay City.
Also see . . . Booker T. Washington. Wikipedia
Washington mobilized a nationwide coalition of middle-class blacks, church leaders, and white philanthropists and politicians, with a long-term goal of building the community's economic strength and pride by a focus on self-help and schooling. With his own contributions to the Black community, Washington was a supporter of racial uplift, but secretly he also supported court challenges to segregation and to restrictions on voter registration.(Submitted on September 18, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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