Booker T Washington School

Booker T Washington School (HMZKE)

Location: Texas City, TX 77590 Galveston County
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N 29° 22.92', W 94° 54.29'

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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).

Marker Number204_MARKER_N
Year Placed1997
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 8:09am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 315137 N 3251817
Decimal Degrees29.38200000, -94.90483333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 22.92', W 94° 54.29'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 22' 55.20" N, 94° 54' 17.40" W
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Area Code(s)409, 281
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 701-799 2nd Ave S, Texas City TX 77590, US
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