Kendleton in Fort Bend County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Powell Point School
In 1890 local A.M.E. churches built three one room schools to form Common School District No. 4, an all-African American district which included the original land grant of Elizabeth Powell. Tellie B. Mitchell, a Kendleton native and graduate of Wiley College (1903), returned to Kendleton and established Powell Point School in 1904 in a two-room schoolhouse. The school prospered and in 1918 graduated six students, five of whom went on to college and became educators.
In 1923 Mitchell persuaded the Rosenwald Foundation to grant funds to build a Powell Point School facility here with six classrooms, a library, and an auditorium. The school became a model institution and entry into its student body was an advantage sought by African Americans throughout southeast Texas. T. B. Mitchell served as school principal until 1954.
Powell Point, today an elementary school, is a locally revered institution which symbolizes Kendleton's unique cultural heritage and promise for the future.
Erected 1995 by Texas Historical Commission,
Marker series. This marker is included in the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
Location. 29° 28.768′ N, 96° 1.268′ W. Marker is in Kendleton, Texas, in Fort Bend County. Marker is on State Highway 2919 near Powell Point School Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beasley TX 77417, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kendleton (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Kendleton (approx. 2½ miles away); Site of World War II Prisoner of War Camp (approx. 11½ miles away); Wharton County Courthouse (approx. 12.7 miles away); Martin Allen (approx. 14.2 miles away).
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Notable Persons •
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