Details for Eugenia Pickard (Atlas Number 5507015000)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507015000


Marker Number 15000
Atlas Number 5507015000
Marker Title Eugenia Pickard
Index Entry Pickard, Eugenia
Address 342 Cockerell Drive
City Abilene
County Taylor
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 432625
UTM Northing 3590796
Subject Codes African American topics; women
Marker Year 2008
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location Woodson Center for Excellence
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text A philanthropic African American woman greatly improved Abilene’s minority neighborhoods. Eugenia Pickard was born in Georgia about 1877. She moved to Texas in the early 1900s and settled in Abilene. Here she owned several properties and made them available for no rent to poor families with children. She also provided places to play to African American children who had no public parks. When Pickard died in 1945, she left savings and property to the city of Abilene to be used for a new African American schoolhouse. The funds were insufficient, so instead the Eugenia Pickard Library was dedicated. Located within Abilene’s Carter G. Woodson High School, it served the surrounding community as an educational and social center.