~~~ FREDERICK DOUGLASS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ~~~
TEXAS HISTORICAL MARKER

Located at 1405 Calhoun Street
25 September 2010
Many months of research and writing, finding pictures and documents, have culminated in this Historical Marker
placed at the site of the Frederick Douglass Elementary School.
Former students and teachers, community leaders and friends are gathering at the site,
with "school time memories" being exchanged.
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Marker Chairman, Jimmy Ray Odom, makes sure the marker is placed, and cameramen set up their equipment.
ACHC Board Member Mildred Smith, welcomes the audience. She was the person who made sure this marker application went through the appropriate process.{kmo}
The Reverand James Davis, a former student, gives the Invocation.
Vernon Denmon, Jr. leads the Pledges to the United States of American, and the Texas Flag.
Renita Bass sings a beautiful rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner".
ACHC Chairman, Rudy Ramirez (to left) recognizes the importance of community involvement in historic education and thanks all those attending. Superintendent of Palestine ISD, Thomas Wallis, (orange shirt) reveals his surprise when learning of these schools, which no longer exist, and applauded those who worked to make sure that others would be able to learn of this history in Palestne.
Mary Rogers Capers, former student,
told how it "took a village to raise a child",
when she was growing up.
Involvement from parents, church,
school and neighbors were needed to
educate children, then and now!
Vernon Joe Freeman, former student, admitted to being 81 years old.
Three generations of his family were Principals at Douglass School.
?? He introduced his book on African-American Roots in Palestine. {kmo}
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Marker Chairman Odom tells the importance of Texas Historical Markers,
and that each person is responsible to record the history around them.

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Finally, the unveiling of the Marker by James Taylor and Nancy Spurlock Brisby,
as Mildred Thompson Smith reads the words on the marker.


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Linda Bowser, former student, leads the Marker Dedication Litany....
"We...dedicate it in a spirit of gratitude and in recognition of a significant recorded history".

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Marker is accepted by the current owner of the land, The Honorable Carl E. Davis, Justice of the Peace, Anderson County.
Benediction is given by The Reverand Roy G. Duncan, Pastor, The Antioch Church.
          
        
And the school bell rang......
Gathering for a group picture are former students, former teachers, and ACHC Marker Chairman Odom,
along with current PISD Superintendent Thomas Wallis.

Thanks to
Eve's Graphic Gallery
Web Page by
dobruce@swbell.net
some pictures by Kathy Moore Odom {kmo}
updated 29 Sep 2010 ~ dob