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

Booker T. Washington School

Booker T Washington School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, February 9, 2012
1. Booker T Washington School Marker
Inscription. Public education for African American students in Texas City began in 1915. The Texas City Independent School District hired Mrs. J. R. McKellar to teach the students; classes were held in churches and lodge halls until 1937, when the district purchased this property and moved a one-story wooden building to the site.

For many years, Booker T. Washington School offered instruction only through grade seven, so students traveled to Galveston to complete their education. A brick schoolhouse constructed here in 1946-47 housed grades one through ten. In 1953, a high school building was added to the campus, and African American students could at last complete their high school education in Texas City. Extracurricular activities, including athletic and music programs, were important parts of student life.

With the full integration of Texas City public schools in 1969, Booker T. Washington closed. It remains, however, a significant part of Texas City's 20th-century social and educational history. The campus has continued in use for a variety of community purposes, including facilities for The College of the Mainland in its initial years (1967-71), for Project Head Start (1974-89) and for the Calvin Vincent Learning Center (1996).
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number

Booker T Washington School image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, February 9, 2012
2. Booker T Washington School
Location. 29° 22.92′ N, 94° 54.29′ W. Marker is in Texas City, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Between 7th & 8th Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Texas City TX 77590, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Texas City Refinery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Texas City Terminal Railway Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Texas City Disaster (approx. 0.4 miles away); Propeller of the SS Highflyer (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sociedad Mutualista Mexicana in Texas City (approx. half a mile away); Anchor from Freighter Grand Camp (approx. one mile away); Texas City Dike (approx. one mile away); First Aero Squadron (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Texas City.
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