Details for Site of Samuel Huston College

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507015242


Marker Number 15242
Atlas Number 5507015242
Marker Title Site of Samuel Huston College
Index Entry Samuel Huston College, Site of
Address 1109 N. IH-35 Frontage Rd.
City Austin
County Travis
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 621982
UTM Northing 3349574
Subject Codes African American topics; educational topics; Methodist denomination
Marker Year 1996
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location SE corner IH-35 frontage road northbound and 12th Street.
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Samuel Huston College traces its history to 1876 when the Rev. George O. Richardson founded a college in Dallas for the education of African American youth. St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church was leased for the private school, named Andrews Normal School. The school moved to Austin in 1878 and held classes in the Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church. With the help of the Freedman’s Aid Society, adopted Andrews Normal School in 1878 and the name was changed to West Texas Conference School. Nearly six acres were acquired on East 12th Street in 1880 for the original campus. The school was renamed in 1887 for Samuel Huston of Marengo, Iowa, who donated property worth $10,000. Funding difficulties caused the school to close several times in the 1880s. t reopened in 1900 at the same site. Organized as a private educational corporation in 1910, it became a senior college in 1926, and merged with Tillotson College in 1952. Relocated to the Tillotson College campus on Chicon Street, the school was renamed Huston-Tillotson College. It continues a distinguished history of education. (1996)

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