Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Abilene Negro High School
In 1902 the school moved to a one-room structure built at N. 7th and Magnolia, and had two teachers serving 84 students. The Colored School held its first graduation in 1923 at the Macedonia Baptist Church for one student.
A five-room school was constructed at 541 N. 8th Street in 1929. That year the student body consisted of 217 pupils. The building was later used for the Americanization School for Abilene’s Hispanic youth, and as a community recreation center.
A 10-room brick school was erected in 1936 here on a campus of more than 6 acres. A 4-room expansion was added in 1941. By 1951 the school became Carter G. Woodson School. In 1953 it became Woodson Elementary School with the opening of the Carter G. Woodson Junior-Senior High School at 342. N. Cockrell Street. It was closed in 1968 when the Abilene School District became integrated. The structures continue to serve the Abilene community for various educational purposes.
Erected 1996 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 71.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 520 N. 9th St, Abilene TX 79601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Zion Baptist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Abilene African-American Schools (about 700 feet away); Morgan Jones (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Winford Hunt (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abilene Municipal Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Claiborne Walker Merchant (approx. 0.2 miles away); Macedonia Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Thomas Middlebrook Willis (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
Categories. • African Americans • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 316 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 12, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.