Honors 2019

Before Y'Barbo, the land that would become Nacogdoches was abandoned by Spanish settlers that left for a mission in San Antonio. Y'Barbo petitioned for him and his settlers to return to East Texas, and in 1779 he did just that. [1]
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This piece is about the movement of civil rights for Hispanics and Latinos in East Texas. The League of Latin American Citizens is the primary organization focused on in East Texas and at Sam Houston State University
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Gibbs Ranch is a large well-known ranch in the Walker County area that was owned by Mr. W.S. Gibbs prior to being given to Sam Houston State University. After Mr. Gibbs passed away the land was leased out until 1993 when Mrs. Ruth Farrington, Mr. Gibbs’ wife, decided to deed the “home place” of…
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Greenville, Texas is known for two major significant events, the lynching of Ted Smith in 1908 and the famous banner and slogan over Lee Street that reads, "Welcome to Greenville, Texas, The Blackest Land, The Whitest People." As times have changed throughout the town, what was once a proud public display of inherent beliefs has now become a national embarrassment that will remain…
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African Americans have been enslaved in America since before the Civil War dating back until almost the 17th century. They were brought to America and sold one by one as pieces of property to slave owners who bid the highest. Most plantation owners had anywhere between 20-100 slaves who worked on…
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While it's said that behind every great man is a great woman, with the Malone's, they both stood together, equally at the forefront of Black Huntsville/East Texas history. As with all the "great men" of Huntsville, their wives helped and worked with them in their achievements and endeavors.…
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Born in 1925, Willie Jerry Jones Sr. owned and managed the Willie Jerry Jones Insurance and Bonding Agency for over four decades. His businesses provided life insurance and bail bonding services to many in the Black Huntsville community. Growing up in Huntsville, TX, he attended the local high…
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Throughout the years, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has undergone many changes. Although the hospital no longer resides at the Old Baker Estate, the tenacity of a few influential men in the beginning made what was once a vision, into a reality. In particular, Bertner and Clark's hard work brought cancer the publicity it needed for millions of dollars in cancer fighting funds to come to Texas.…
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The history of Sam Houston State University is very long and rich with unique students, faculty, and different kinds of stories. It was founded in 1897 and was called Sam Houston Normal Institute. The environment that students are in every day has changed a tremendous amount since then. The campus…
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Sam Houston State University was founded in 1897 and is the third oldest public college or university in Texas. The university has gone through many changes over the last 140 years academically, physically, administratively and in other ways. The amount of programs the university offers has…
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