(February 20, 1902 - April 30, 2000)Born the son of a runaway slave, Smith yearned for a better life. He attended Prairie View A&M College and received a degree in Vocational Agriculture. He became a teacher, educating the children of North Carolina and Texas for 42 years. He also served Anderson County as Chairman and Election Judge for Precinct 2, President of the Voter's Committee and was a member of the Democratic Party Executive Committee. A proponent of equal rights, he and others filed civil actions in 1973 to change the voting boundary lines in the county to equalize voting rights. They believed that the way the lines were drawn diluted black voting strength. Judge William Wayne Justice agreed, stating the way the lines were drawn constituted a "racially motivated gerrymander" which was prohibited by a previous ruling in 1964. Anderson County switched from at-large voting districts to single-member districts for Commissioners, Constables and Justices of the Peace.
|Placed By||Texas Historical Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 10:02pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15R E 251278 N 3517419|
|Decimal Degrees||31.76526667, -95.62613333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 31° 45.916', W 95° 37.568'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||31° 45' 54.96" N, 95° 37' 34.08" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 500 N Church St, Palestine TX 75801, US|
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