THREE EPHEMERAL ITEMS for precursors of Houston’s Texas Southern University: (1) Houston College for Negroes and Houston Colored Junior College Commencement Program, June 10, 1936 [caption title, followed by a schedule for evening events, prayers, music, speakers, etc., and a triple-column listing of graduates]. Houston, TX: The college, 1936. Handbill, 8 ½ x 5 ½ inches. The commencement address was given by D. J. S. Clark, President of Southern University in Louisiana; (2) Fourteenth Annual Baccalaureate Service of the Houston College for Negroes … June 1, 1941 [caption title, followed by a schedule for evening events, prayers, music, speakers, etc.]. Houston, TX: The College, 1941. Handbill, 9 x 6 inches, printed in blue, text within an ornamental border. The baccalaureate sermon was given by Dr. R. N. Brooks, editor of the Christian Advocate of New Orleans. Triple hole-punched in left margin; (3) A printed statement of remembrance of Dr. J. N. R. Score for his loyalty and dedication to the Texas State University for Negroes as a founding member of its Board of Directors.

Houston, TX: The board, 1949. Printed certificate, 11 x 8 ½ inches, signed by Craig F. Culliman as chairman and Martin Edwards as secretary of the board. “The loss to his nation, state, friends, and family cannot be measured in words.” Texas Southern was founded in 1927 as Houston Colored Junior College, becoming Houston College for Negroes in 1934; to avoid having to integrate the University of Texas Law School, the state legislature, in 1947, created the Texas State University for Negroes, to include a law school, with the college in Houston forming its foundation; the name was changed to Texas Southern, on petition of the students in 1951. All very good. For the three pieces, Item #66327

Price: $150.00

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