A native of Harrison County, Susie B. Jones McGee was educated in Marshall schools, followed by colleges in Arkansas, and finally Bishop College in Marshall. Receiving her teacher certification, she taught kindergarten and primary grades, eventually becoming principal of the primary department at Central School, the first public school for African-American children in Marshall. In 1914 she lived at the corner of Sanford and Alexander Streets in Marshall. No other dates are known. She is buried in Powder Mill Cemetery in Marshall.
Photograph of an unidentified African-American woman posed in a wood chair on the porch of a frame building. The elderly woman wears clothing of a hundred or more years ago and has a cloth around her hair.
This montage of photographs features a framed image of Mr. and Mrs. U. R. Weisner, who were residents of the rural Leigh community northeast of Marshall in Harrison County. They owned property and were very involved in serving Leigh. Mr. Weisner was also interested in preserving the local African-American history. Another picture in the group is of Texas Governor Hobby. The third photograph of a wood frame house is unidentified.
Central School was the first public school for African-American children in Harrison County. The building and its outbuildings were located on a hill bounded by Railroad Ave. (now Alamo), Border St. (now Travis), and Fannin. The buildings were torn down and the hill leveled after the school moved to another location. A historical marker notes the location. Central was renamed Pemberton after H. B. Pemberton, who was its founder and first principal. In the early years the elementary grades were included. After schools for those grades were built elsewhere, Central/Pemberton became a high school only.
Mrs. Rebecca A. Mitchell Hudson, librarian, is photographed in the board room at the Marshall Public Library in Marshall. Mrs. Hudson was born March 23, 1893 in Oakwood, Texas. Her father, Len Mitchell, worked for the railroad, so that the family moved often. Upon losing his health, Mitchell moved to Marshall to enter the Texas and Pacific Railroad Hospital. When the marriage of his daughter Rebecca ended, she moved with her two daughters to Marshall so that she could be near Mitchell. In 1933 she and her two daughters entered Bishop College together. She received the B.A. degree in 1937, and her eldest daughter graduated from Bishop the same year. The librarian at Bishop, Mrs. Mary Bledsoe Hyman, encouraged Rebecca Hudson to enter library school. Hudson received the Master of Library Science degree from the University of Denver in 1942, returning to Marshall to work at the Bishop library. Eventually she became director of the library, retiring there in 1971. (By that time Bishop College was located in Dallas.) She also served as librarian of Bethesda Baptist Church and was a strong supporter of Marshall Public Library, which was established in 1973.
Mrs. G. E. Ausbrooks taught social studies courses at Pemberton High School in Marshall. This picture is a yearbook photo. Mrs. Ausbrooks was the daughter of Charlie and Maggie Fields Buffin. She received her elementary education from Harrison County schools and finished at Central High School in Shreveport. She graduated from Bishop College in Marshall; and followed with work at Texas Southern and Prairie View College. She was a member of professional, civic, and church organizations. She survived J. B. McLin in marriage and was survived by two daughters, Mrs. Gladys James and Mrs. Bennie McClenton. She died on Thursday, July 31, 1969 and was interred in Rose Hill Garden cemetery near Marshall.
The basketball team was a feature of the 1964-65 Pemberton High School yearbook in Marshall. At the top of the page, there is an action photo. The text to the left relates the highlights of the season. The bottom photo is the team photo. They were coached by Coach Broach.
Mrs. Pinkie D. Johnson Williams was an English teacher, counselor and school administrator in Marshall. Born (date unknown) and reared in Marshall, she completed Bachelor and advanced degrees at Wiley College. She did graduate work at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado. Beginning her teaching career at the rural Jonesville school in Harrison County, she moved after one year to Central/Pemberton High School in Marshall, where she remained for 40 years, until her retirement. Students dedicated the 1955 PHS yearbook to her. She was also a representative to a White House Conference during the FDR administration. She died February 12, 1963.
This newspaper clipping announces that Rev. Wardell Miller, pastor of the St. Jude Pentecostal Temple in Chicago, was crowned Bishop at the St. Jude National Congress, c1975. A native of Marshall, he graduated from Pemberton High School in 1967. He was employed as a lab technician for ICI. He was married to Laverne Stigger and they parented two children, Pamela and Wardell Jr.
Mr. Garfield A. Rosborough was principal of Pemberton High School in Marshall from 1944 until 1972. He was born August 21, 1903 in Harrison County, where he was raised and educated. He received his teaching degree from Wiley College in Marshall with graduate work at the University of Colorado. His entire career was spent at the local high schools. During his administration of Pemberton, the curriculum and school plant were expanded. His total contribution to education spanned 48 years. The yearbook picture, possibly 1964, shows him seated at the PHS principal's desk. Below the photo is his annual message to the students.
Mrs. Dorothy Morrison, (at left), Marshall Public Library director, interviews an unidentified woman for a Black History project which was a collaboration between the library and community leaders. The time was c1976. The place and identity of the subject interviewed (at right) are not known. The result of the project was two volumes of collected interviews and essays about people, churches, businesses and schools. The books are "The Black Citizen and Democracy." They are in the library's collection.
This general store is located in Jonesville, Harrison County. Jonesville was a crossroads and short-line railroad terminal during the county's early history. The store is still in existence. It carried a multitude of items for the home and farm, as this interior photo shows. The building was not modernized beyond electricity, and so has kept its nineteenth century flavor.
The most beautiful girl and most handsome boy are featured on this page of the Pemberton High School yearbook. The girl wears a formal dress. The young man wears a suit as they dance together. The location and event are unknown.
Mrs. Elizabeth Bishop. She is dressed as for a celebration, wearing a corsage. A man stands behind her. Mrs. Bishop was born April 15, 1892. She was the mother of three children. She was a member of St. John Baptist Church.
A page from the 1926 Bishop College yearbook pictures a young female student in the Academic Department. That department taught grades lower than college to younger students. Bishop College was located in Marshall at that time.
The Moon Cleaners & Laundry adjoins the U-Wash No. 1 in Marshall. The U-Wash is a self-service laundry, or washateria. The cleaners was established in 1939 by L. A. Moon. The businesses are located at 616 S. Carter St., within the New Town Neighborhood. New Town is an area of African-American residences, businesses, hospitals, churches and schools that grew up around Wiley College in west Marshall. The neighborhood was established c1930 and is seeking historical recognition with the goal of preservation.
Marston Hall, located on the historic Bishop College campus in Marshall, was a dormitory for college men. It was built between 1909 and 1915 on the site of an older dormitory, also called Marston Hall. The campus no longer exists. It was a Baptist college for African-Americans. In the picture, a reservoir is in the foreground. To the left of the building is a small bell tower.
This headstone is located in Nichols (aka Old Sudduth) Cemetery in Marshall. It is on the grave of J. W. Sanders. The dates are Nov. 25, 1851 - Nov. 14, 1928. Some faint design appears above the lettering; and there also may be a different style of engraving below. Tangles of vines and other vegetation surrounds the old stone. Nichols Cemetery is located at the end of Merrill St. in the eastern part of the city. Long ago this was part of rural property that has been developed into modern subdivisions. This rather small cemetery is traditionally used and maintained by the African-American community. However it may contain the graves of some whites due to its beginning as a burial ground for the white family that originally owned the acreage.
Mrs. Gertrude E. Ausbrooks taught social studies courses at Pemberton High School in Marshall. In this photo, she receives an award from an unidentified person. She was the daughter of Charlie and Maggie Fields Buffin. She received her elementary education from Harrison County schools and finished at Central High School in Shreveport. She graduated from Bishop College in Marshall; and followed with work at Texas Southern and Prairie View College. She was a member of professional, civic, and church organizations. She survived J. B. McLin in marriage and was survived by two daughters, Mrs. Gladys James and Mrs. Bennie F. McClenton. She died on Thursday, July 31, 1969 and was interred in Rose Hill Garden cemetery near Marshall.
This newspaper clipping, date unknown, gives a view of the railroad yards which were a major industry in Marshall. The several tracks and necessary buildings for building, repair, and other railroad jobs are in the middle and background. In the center a steam engine puffs along a track, pulling a coal car and boxcars. A light pole and switch mechanisms are also visible.
A funeral service card for the Rev. Leslie R. Taylor, Harrison County spiritual leader. Details of his life are unknown except that his parents were Joseph P. Taylor and Frances Dickerson Taylor. His father was an educator for the county and owned a farm.
One of the clubs at Pemberton High School in Marshall was the Tri-Hi-Y, which was a Christian fellowship. This photograph is from the 1964-65 yearbook. The group , all girls, is standing on the front steps of the school building. Most of the students are unidentified. Three are known: Australen Allen, Joyce Carraway, and Sharon Kay Black.
Mr. L. U. Mason taught vocational agriculture at Pemberton High School in Marshall. Nothing further is known of him. The picture is from a yearbook. Pemberton no longer exists as a campus. The traditionally African-American senior high school became a ninth grade school following integration. It was finally merged with Marshall High School in 1988.
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