Details for Butler College

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507015480


Marker Number 15480
Atlas Number 5507015480
Marker Title Butler College
Index Entry Butler College
Address 1900 Bellwood Road
City Tyler
County Smith
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 281490
UTM Northing 3580510
Subject Codes
Marker Year 2008
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Rev. Cornelius Moses Butler and trustees of the East Texas Baptist Association founded East Texas Baptist Academy in 1905. The academy was created to improve educational opportunities for African American youth in and around the city of Tyler. Rev. Butler served as the academy's first president until his death in 1924, at which time the institution's name was changed to Butler College. The school transitioned to a junior college and then a four year liberal arts college, before reverting back to a junior college in 1960. The association voted to close the college in 1971 because of rising costs. A heritage building was built on the Butler College site in 1992. (2008)

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