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[PHS Most Studious Freshman Boy and Girl, Thomas Cole and Doris Booker]
The "Most Studious Freshman Boy and Girl" were featured in a Pemberton High School yearbook in Marshall.
[PHS Most Popular Sophomore Boy and Girl, Ray Morris and Ola Mae Richardson]
The "Most Popular Sophomore Boy and Girl" were featured in a Pemberton High School yearbook in Marshall.
[Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, Marshall]
Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church is located at 801 W. Grand Ave. (Hwy 80) in Marshall. A historic African-American congregation, it was founded in 1867 at a time when many newly-emancipated blacks were leaving white churches to establish their own. 450 members founded the first congregation, led by Rev. William Massey, a black religious leader, with the assistance of Rev. A. E. Clemmons, pastor of the white First Baptist Church. The first meetings were held in Rev. Massey's house until the first dedicated building, a one-story wooden structure, was erected at the present location. That structure has an entry in the Texas History Portal. It served until the period 1897-1901, when it was razed and replaced with an enlarged brick building of Gothic style. That one burned in 1953 and was replaced with the nearly identical building which is shown at left. The facade faces south and contains the old wooden facade as a link with the past. In the beginning, the congregation was known simply as "Colored Baptist Church," which was the name on the deed. Later the members changed the name to identify with the healing pool of Bethesda in Biblical Jerusalem. During the 1980's the word "Missionary" was added to reflect denominational affiliation. Throughout its history, the congregation has nurtured pastors and members noted not only in Marshall but also far beyond her borders. A founding member was David Abner, the Harrison County treasurer, House of Representatives member in the Fourteenth Legislature, and delegate to the 1875 Constitutional Convention. Another was Andrew Gross, father of Frederick Gross who became a president of Houston College. Bethesda was also involved in the founding of Bishop College, the black Baptist institution that was located in Marshall from 1881-1961. In 2008 Bethesda was added to the "Buard History Trail" which recognizes historic Marshall sites of African-American heritage.
[Pemberton High School Queen and Her Court]
A queen and her court are pictured against a decorative backdrop. The queen, in her tiara, holds a spray of flowers. Two ladies attend her on each side. The event, date, and identity of the court members are unknown. The place was likely Pemberton High School in Marshall.
[Pemberton High School's Miss Pemberton of 1954-55]
Miss Pemberton of 1954-55 is featured in the Pemberton High School yearbook. She is not identified.
[Cemetery Cleanup]
Tim Brown helps with cleanup at one of the African-American cemeteries in Harrison County.
[PHS "Queen of Clubs Ball"]
The court for the "Queen of Clubs Ball" at was made of young ladies who represented each club on campus. The queen of the ball was chosen by contest. In the upper left photo, the queen with her tiara is surrounded by some of the court. The upper right photo shows young men who were escorts with three of the ladies. The bottom left and right pictures show more of the court. The two bottom photos at center were the winners and runners-up of the dance contest. The photos came from the Pemberton High School yearbook.
[D. E. Williams, Marshall Educator]
Mrs. D. E. Williams taught English at an African-American high school in Marshall. No other information about her is available.
[PHS Cheerleaders]
The Pemberton High School cheerleading squad is shown in action in this yearbook photo. The location appears to be the school gym. PHS was located in Marshall. It ceased to be a four-year school in 1970 and closed permanently in 1988.
[Dr. O. W. Phillips, Marshall Dentist]
Dr. Oliver Wendell Phillips, Sr. was a dentist in Marshall in the first half of the twentieth century. He was born in Harrison County, date unknown. He graduated from the Bishop College academic department (high school). In 1921 he received the Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bishop College in the same year. His wife was Miss Mayme Adams, and they bore two children. He was active in the historic Bethesda Baptist Church. He supported Bishop College throughout his life, even to serving as college dentist. He was also on the dental staff of the T&P Railroad Company for many years. In addition, he had a private practice. His office was located at 111 1/2 W. Houston Street. Dr. Phillips died September 16, 1955. He is buried in the Powder Mill Cemetery.
[PHS Miss Pemberton 1964-65, Barbara Richardson]
Miss Pemberton 1964-65 of Pemberton High School in Marshall was presented at a football game. A band twirler and a pom squad member can be seen at left. A decorative pole is seen behind the couple. That year, Barbara Richardson was escorted by Jesse Shaw.
[PHS Most Beautiful Girl, Pazetter Berryman, and Most Handsome Boy, Charles Shaw]
The "Most Beautiful Girl and Most Handsome Boy in Senior Class" were featured in the Pemberton High School yearbook in Marshall.
[Augusta Walton, Marshall Educator]
Mrs. Augusta L. Porter Walton taught mathematics at Central/Pemberton High School in Marshall. She was reared and educated in Marshall, receiving degrees from Bishop College in 1918 and 1950. She also studied at Colorado State University and Denver University. She was active in church, local choral music organizations and other civic groups. Her gravestone gives "1986 - NO DATE;" but her autobiography gives "about 1900" as her birth year. She is buried in the Powder Mill Cemetery, Marshall.
[PHS Theater Events]
Two staged events at Pemberton High School were featured on this yearbook page. At top is the cast of the junior play, "The Flower of the Ranch." The director, Mrs. W. G. Stephens, is pictured in the inset. At bottom is the group of participants in a fashion revue titled "Under the Shadow of the Big Top." The revue was presented by the junior and senior clothing department.
[PHS Miss Band, Lily Walker]
Miss Band of Pemberton High School in Marshall was featured in this yearbook photo, Lily Walker.
[M. W. Dogan Elementary School, Marshall]
In the beginning, M. W. Dogan Elementary School served African-American students in Marshall. Opened in 1949, it was named for President M. W. Dogan of Wiley College. The original building had ten classrooms and all other facilities. Built to replace the New Town School that dated from 1916, its opening was duly celebrated by the community. W. J. White, who had been principal at New Town School, became the first principal at Dogan; but he died before the first term ended. Price T. Young, who has an entry in the Texas History Portal, succeeded White and served Dogan for many years. Dogan school operated until 1981, well past integration. It is now privately owned. Located at 2005 Dogan Street, the property is bound by S. Allen Blvd., Pemberton Street, and Henry Street. This location is within the "New Town Neighborhood," which has historic significance to Marshall's African-American community.
[Girls Basketball Team of Pemberton High School]
The girls basketball team of Pemberton High School in Marshall is featured in this yearbook photo, year unknown. Eighteen students in uniform are shown with two adults. The adult at right is coach. The school gym is the location of the picture.
[PHS Beauties, Devonia Meek and Linda Williams]
These young women were selected as school beauties and favorites at Pemberton High School, which was located in Marshall. At top is "Miss VIP." At bottom is the "Queen of Clubs." The photos are from the school yearbook.
[PHS NHA Beau, Lenrall Davis and Miss NFA, Lynda Haggerty]
Some school favorites are pictured on this page from a Pemberton High School yearbook. At top is the NHA Beau, and at bottom is Miss NFA.
[Laura L. Price, Marshall Educator]
Mrs. Laura L. Johnson (Harry) Price was raised and educated in the "Sunny South" neighborhood of Marshall during the late nineteenth century (dates unknown). She received a teaching certificate from Bishop College. After a brief period teaching in Louisiana and Harrison County schools, she returned to Marshall to teach primary grades at New Town and the old Central (later Hillside) schools until she retired. Special interests in art and photography were brought into her teaching activities. After retirement in 1960, she taught art at Wiley College.
[Pemberton High School Outstanding Students]
Ruby L. McFarlin and Harold Jackson were outstanding students at Pemberton High School in Marshall. They were featured on this yearbook page.
[Dr. M. W. Dogan, Wiley College President]
Dr. Matthew Winfred Dogan was a Marshall educator who became president of Wiley University (now Wiley College) in 1896 and served in that office for more than 45 years. M. W. Dogan Elementary School in Marshall was named for him. Dr. Dogan was born December 21, 1863 in Pontotoc, Mississippi, to William and Jennie Dogan. His parents purchased their own and their children's freedom from slavery through frugality and hard work; so that Matthew Winfred was born free. He earned his education from first grade through graduation from college by working as a bootblack in his father's barbershop. In 1886 he received his A.B. degree in mathematics from Rust University, where he was noted for his high scholarship and his logical mind. After three years on the faculty at Rust, he was called to a mathematics professorship at Central Tennessee College (later Walden College). Success there led to his appointment to the Wiley presidency, being only the second African-American to attain that office. During his tenure there were numerous achievements: a building program which produced five buildings; a new Carnegie library; other building and landscaping improvements; expanded course offerings; new degree programs in law, nursing, and theology; lengthening the school term; eliminating the old grammar and secondary schools with a name change; offering the Ph.D. degree; affiliation of fraternal and sororal organizations; increases in enrollment from many states and foreign countries; and changes in the financial foundation. In 1888 he married Fannie Forrest Faulkner, also a teacher. They were the parents of seven children. She died on June 16, 1929. Dr. Dogan is buried in the Wiley College Cemetery in Marshall.
[PHS Basketball Teams]
On this yearbook page, the girls' basketball team and the boys' junior varisty basketball team were featured. The boys' coach is not named. The girls' coach was Mildred McNeal. The athletes are not identified. The setting is the school gym. Students are dressed in uniforms.
[PHS Esquires]
The Esquires club at Pemberton High School in Marshall was a service organization that also had the purpose of developing cultural and social skills in the young men. Two groups of unidentified men are shown in the two photos. In the center are pictures of the officers and the sponsor, Mr. Anderson.
[PHS Football Team]
The 1964 football squad is shown in the top photo of this Pemberton High School yearbook page. Three coaches' pictures are shown below. They are not identified. A description of the season standings is at bottom center.
[President's Home at Bishop College, Marshall]
The president's home at Bishop College in Marshall was formerly the plantation mansion "Wyalucing," built by the Holcomb family around 1850. A daughter of the family, Lucy Holcomb Pickens, became known as the "First Lady of the Confederacy" due to her support of the Confederate cause. The picture shows a mansion set on brick piers with a two-story columned portico on two sides. A balcony on the second floor in the middle bay on the left side is visible, and the two bays at left on the lower floor may be partially enclosed. A small windowed attachment at right may be a cold frame for plants. To the left of the house is a small outbuilding with a window. Two lamps stand in the lawn. In the foreground is a small pond or reservoir. A trimmed hedge, flower beds, and young trees complete the landscaping. The house sat on the east side of the Bishop campus, which was established in 1881. In 1961 the college moved to Dallas. None of the Marshall buildings remain, and the mansion itself was razed during the 1970's to make way for a federal housing project. The mansion is shown on early Sanborn maps as the president's home; but by 1931 it it was labeled "Music Hall."
[PHS Hall of Fame Honorees]
Two Hall of Fame students are featured on this Pemberton High School yearbook page. The text at top explains that election to this honor was by faculty and students. Eligibility was not based on grades along but included service to the school and qualities of character. This academic year, William Moody and Marilyn Williams were selected. Text below their names lists their involvement in school activities.
[African-American Woman in Harrison County]
An unidentified African-American woman in Harrison County.
[PHS Basketball Team]
The Pemberton High School basketball team is featured in three photos on a yearbook page. The top photo shows the entire team with their trainers and Coach C. H. Broach. Pictures below highlight two players whose names do not show.
[Frances Blake Wallace, Harrison County Educator]
Frances Blake Wallace was an East Texas educator who spent most of her 43-year teaching career in Harrison County schools. Born in Jefferson about 1900, she was raised and educated there. She graduated from Bishop College in Marshall. Then followed a varied career that included elementary, high school and college level experience. She was also a Jeanes Supervisor, Director of Education, supervisor of county schools, and principal. She was listed in Who's Who in American Education, Personalities of the South, and Who's Who of American Women. She was also active in numerous civic and professional organizations. Her death date is unknown.
[PHS Hallway]
The long front hallway at Pemberton High School is shown in a yearbook. Pemberton was a traditionally African-American school before integration. Three students are shown at center by the short hall leading to the front door of the school. Also at front left are the doors to the main offices. At right is the auditorium. Stairs lead to a loft above. Pemberton became a ninth grade school in 1970. Grades 10-12 merged with Marshall High School. In 1988 the ninth grade moved to MHS and the Pemberton campus was sold to Wiley College.
[PHS Miss Annual, Loretta Epps]
A yearbook page shows the young lady honored as Miss Annual by Pemberton High School in Marshall.
[Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Marshall]
Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Marshall is a traditionally African-American congregation which was established in 1867 as a Methodist Episcopal Church ( as the denomination was named then). The congregation has contributed at least three bishops to Methodism. The building shown was constructed in 1958, following other structures. The sanctuary is in the right wing, joined to an education-administration wing at left whose entrance is marked by a bell tower with cross atop. The church is located at 903 Whetstone Street.
[PHS Drill Team]
The Pemberton High School drill team is featured on this yearbook page. Identification of the members and name of their team does not show. There are twenty girls wearing uniforms with cowgirl hats and white boots.
[PHS Baseball Team]
The Pemberton High School Panthers baseball team is featured in this two-page yearbook spread. Names of individuals are illegible. At top left the 28-member squad is shown in uniform with a trophy. At top center the text summarizes the season in which the Panthers captured the district crown. At top right are three contributing batters and at bottom right are two pitchers. The coach's image is at bottom center. To the left is the district schedule. At bottom left are more sluggers and the catcher.
[H. J. Tolbert, Marshall Educator]
Mr. Herschel J. Tolbert taught mathematics at Pemberton High School in Marshall. The picture is from a PHS yearbook. Further information about him is unknown.
[PHS Parent-Teacher Association]
The Pemberton High School Parent-Teacher Association is shown in this yearbook photo. The officers are named below the picture. The group is seated in the gym bleachers.
[Dr. T. L. Hunter, Marshall Dentist]
Dr. Thomas L. Hunter was a dentist who came to Marshall in 1917 and practiced there more than 50 years. Born around 1884 in Navasota, Texas, he was educated at Prairie View College and Meharry Medical College. He was active in church, charitable, and civic organizations. He was honored by Meharry, the National Dental Association, and Wiley College for his contributions to dentistry and to education. He died November 14, 1969, and was buried in the Rose Hill Garden Cemetery.
[PHS Outstanding Students]
Two outstanding students at Pemberton High School are featured on this yearbook page. Snowden Bennett is in the top photo and Dora Wesley is in the bottom photo. Their school activities are summarized in the accompanying text.
[African-American Church, Harrison County]
An unidentified church in Harrison County, likely a traditionally African-American congregation.
[PHS Track Team]
The track team at Pemberton High School is featured on this yearbook page. The 10-member team is the photo at top. The Captain is in the photo at bottom The text gives the summary of the season. Coach Reed led the team.
[Paul E. Moon, Marshall Educator]
Mr. Paul E. Moon was a Marshall educator. He taught at Central School c1937 and was teaching at Pemberton High School by 1949. He became principal of Park Elementary School c1951. When Park was replaced by J. H. Moore Elementary to serve Marshall's northwest area, he became principal there. His birth and death dates are unknown; but his wife Ruth was listed as his widow in 1968. Paul Moon was a member of the Moon family that included his brother L. A. Moon, a prominent businessman in the New Town Neighborhood, a historic African-American community.
[PHS Queen and Her Court]
Miss Pemberton and her court were featured on this yearbook page. The top picture shows Linda Sue Williams, Queen, and her escorts. She was the first eighth-grader ever chosen for the honor. The bottom picture shows the queen, her attendants, and the escorts at the football game where they were presented.
[PHS Concert Band]
The 1965 Pemberton High School Concert Band is shown in this yearbook photo. The names are illegible in the photo, but are given at bottom right. At bottom left, the text tells of the band's activities and function. Students are shown in uniform in stage formation. They include players, twirlers, and drum majors. The director is unknown.
[Willie Marshall, Marshall Educator]
Mrs. Willie Marshall taught bookkeeping as a high school course in Marshall. Further information about her is unknown.
[PHS Miss Jet Set, Shirley Haynes]
The Jet Set club at Pemberton High School in Marshall was formed to promote certain ideals of womanhood and academia in female students. The student chosen to represent Jet Set is Shirley Haynes in this yearbook photo. One of her duties would be to represent the club at the "Queen's Club Ball."
[Willie Margarette Watson, Marshall Educator]
Mrs. Willie Margarette Watson taught music at Pemberton High School in Marshall.
[Friend of the Library, Marshall]
A friend of the library, unidentified, was photographed in the library director's office at Marshall Public Library.
[Equipment at Marshall Public Library]
Equipment at Marshall Public Library in the early years, 1973-1990, included portable television, a slide projector, and a videocassette player-recorder. In the photo, the equipment waits for use on a counter near the rear entrance. There are also some videocassettes and slide containers.
[Willie M. Powell, Marshall Educator]
Miss Willie M. Powell taught mathematics at Pemberton High School in Marshall.
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