African American Bryan, Texas: Celebrating the Past

African American Bryan, Texas: Celebrating the Past

by Oswell Person PhD


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Bryan was incorporated in 1872, but it would take more than ten years before its African American population was offered schooling. Nothing would come easy for them, but they persevered through hard work, ingenuity and family support. The success of today's generation is a direct result of determined, hardworking pioneers like Dr. Samuel J. Sealey Sr., Bryan's baby doctor" in the 1930s and '40s, and Dr. William A. Hammond Sr., who opened Bryan's first black hospital and employed many blacks through his business ventures. Learn about the inspiration and guidance provided by the likes of Oliver Wayne Sadberry, an outstanding community leader and principal of Fairview and Washington Elementary. Dr. Oswell Person shares the story of this community's achievements, successes and contributions in the face of incredible odds."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609496982
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Oswell Person was born and raised in Bryan, Texas. He went on to serve in the US Armed Forces and later earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State University before returning to his home state where he served as campus president of Tarrant County College in Fort Worth. Person currently lives in Fort Worth with his family.

Table of Contents

Foreword Leroy Sterling 7

Acknowledgements 11

Introduction 17

Honor and Recognition 21

1 Background and History 23

2 E.A. Kemp High Alumni: Academic and Professional Achievements 53

3 Employment Opportunities: Public and Private 67

4 African American Veterans: World War II, Korea and Vietnam 77

5 Small Business Owners: African Americans and Italian Americans 83

6 Shotgun Rental Houses and Government Projects 99

7 Hospitals and Medical Care 107

8 Recreational Activities and Facilities 115

9 Newspaper and Information Sources 125

10 City Transportation 127

11 Elected Officials: Strides Forward 129

12 Principals, Teachers and Staff 135

13 Dry Toilets, Streetlights, Lamps and Unpaved Streets 143

14 Ironies, Contradictions and Paradoxes 145

15 Teachers, Parents and Churches: What I Have Learned 151

16 Population Records for Brazos County and Bryan, Texas, 1900-2010 155

17 Surprise Findings 159

18 African Americans Still Rising 163

19 Bryan in Transition 173

Afterword 177

Bibliography 181

Index 185

About the Author 189

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