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A community and City partnership spearheaded by City Councilmember Jerry Walker resulted in a joy-filled Juneteenth Festival at Oaklawn Park on Friday, June 18.
During the celebration, community members were recognized for their work to preserve the history of Booker T. Washington High School, which was open from 1898 to 1968. Inspired by 1955 graduate, Betty Smith, Hudson Old and Sam Ferguson of the East Texas Journal, spent countless hours restoring images and content to re-publish the first yearbook of the school from 1949 along with four subsequent yearbooks from 1950, 1954, 1958 and 1962.
Betty Roberson, president of the Booker T. Washington High School Alumni Association presented the copies of the restored souvenir books during the event to the City of Mount Pleasant Public Library.
Now you have the opportunity to add these historical artifacts to your own collection! The cost for each yearbook is $20.00 plus shipping. Please contact Candias Webster, City of Mount Pleasant, at 903.575.4154 or firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order. The deadline is August 1.
Above from left, Betty Roberson, President of Booker T. Washington High School Alumni Association Council, presented a set of the five recovered and re-published Booker T. Washington High School yearbooks to Helen Thompson, Director of the Mount Pleasant Library.