Abilene Negro High School

Abilene Negro High School (HM1HT1)

Location: Abilene, TX 79601 Taylor County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 27.527', W 99° 43.632'

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The first public school for African Americans in Abilene was established in 1890. Located in the 200 block of Plum Street, the one-room school was named the Abilene Colored School. Its first class consisted of 22 students and one teacher.
     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 Junion-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.
HM NumberHM1HT1
Marker Number71
Year Placed1996
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at 3:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 431655 N 3591522
Decimal Degrees32.45878333, -99.72720000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.527', W 99° 43.632'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 31.62" N, 99° 43' 37.92" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600-698 N 9th St, Abilene TX 79601, US
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