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

Pleasanton School Integration

Pleasanton School Integration Marker image. Click for full size.
By John A Hensarling, June 23, 2012
1. Pleasanton School Integration Marker
Inscription. Pleasanton School District began educating African American children in 1913 with the creation of the Abraham Lincoln School. By 1955, students from the Lincoln School and white students were participating in football workouts together and scheduling basketball games. However, in 1956 the African American citizens felt that the Lincoln School was inadequate and petitioned for improvements. In 1957, Pleasanton School officials and residents considered the cost of building a new school for African Americans and the possibility of losing state funding and accreditation if action was not taken. All agreed that the current Lincoln School was not an acceptable option, and opted to integrate once the new high school and elementary school under construction were completed.

Opposition to school integration in Texas was very apparent and bills such as House Bill 65 abolished the right of school trustees to integrate without a petition from the community and then a vote. The community of Pleasanton provided the petition and held a vote on October 26, 1957. By a vote of 343 to 88, Pleasanton School District became the first integrated school under House Bill 65. On November 1, 1957, nine black students entered the new high school with several media outlets present to record the event. Unlike many other integrated institutions, the Pleasanton High

Pleasanton School Integration Marker image. Click for full size.
By John A Hensarling, June 23, 2012
2. Pleasanton School Integration Marker
School recorded no incidents of violence and the students were welcomed by their white classmates. Pleasanton High School was peacefully integrated and African Americans were given the opportunity of a better education for their children.
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16243.)
Location. 28° 57.88′ N, 98° 29.65′ W. Marker is in Pleasanton, Texas, in Atascosa County. Marker is on W. Adams Street. Touch for map. Between School and Mark Streets. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 W. Adams, Pleasanton TX 78064, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pleasanton City Cemetery (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Pleasanton (approx. half a mile away); Old Rock Schoolhouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pleasanton First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pleasanton (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cooper Chapter No. 101, Royal Arch Masons (approx. 0.7 miles away); St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Ralph Roy Smith (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasanton.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2012, by John A Hensarling of Campbellton, Texas. This page has been viewed 527 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2012, by John A Hensarling of Campbellton, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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