Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



In response to much interest manifested by both Negro and white citizens in having a desirable name selected for the school for Negro children in Abilene, the P.T.A of the school assumed the responsibility of finding a suitable name acceptable to patrons of the school and to the school board.

The State Department of Education complied with the request of the P. T. A, for information concerning the proper procedure in naming a school, and suggested that some name other than the one3 usually selected for Negro schools be chosen in order to prevent the additional confusion that results from too many schools having the same name.

The P T, A, conducted an election open to all patrons of the school to choose a name, and "Carter G. Woodson" was selected by a vote of the patrons in 1946.

The Garter G. Woodson School was built as a W. P. A. project in 1935. It cost approximately $25,000. An addition of four rooms, that cost $10,000, was made in 1940. In 1942 four more rooms were added to the one-story brick building, making thirteen classrooms.

There is a well-equipped lunchroom where the ohildren are starved a balanced noonday meal at very low-cost Free meals are served to students who are unable to pay.

Committee Chair/Advisor

James A, Stevens


Prairie View Agricultural And Mechanical College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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