African-American History

Celebrate African-american History 

African-American History in Garland: George Washington Carver School  

"When Garland ISD was founded in 1901, there were no schools for African American children. Schools for black children in Garland began showing up prior to 1920, eventually leading to official public schools such as the Garland Colored School, Garland Negro School and ultimately the George Washington Carver School. This film attempts to tell the partial story of some of the students and staff who attended and worked at these schools through complete GISD integration in 1970."

Carver Center Grand Re-Opening Celebration  

"With $900,000 in floor-to-ceiling renovations, Carver Senior Center is the perfect blend of history and a modern service to residents. Just ask our Congressman, City Council or, most importantly, our seniors, including the alumni who once walked the grounds as students at George Washington Carver School. View the true joy of the grand re-opening at 222 Carver St."

Garland Library Displays

Drawing of a blue tiger head on a white background"A Glimpse of African American History in Garland"

An exhibit in two parts
February 10-March 31, 2021

Part One
February 10 - March 13, 2021

North Garland Branch Library Exhibit: Church
There will be pictures of the history of the church and anniversary books. Sims Chapel Baptist Church is the oldest church organized in Garland, 1915.

Walnut Creek Branch Library Exhibit: The Colored School and Business
Sims was the location of the first school to educate Colored students. Colored school history, along with pictures of the early class and principal are on display. There were Colored business owners in the Flats, which serviced the residents living there as well as others in the West End, Rural areas and others who came to work in Garland.  The students who attended the school had a place to go to get food at lunch; if they did not bring lunch from home. We have included a few of the business, "just a glimpse".

South Garland Branch Library Exhibit: G.W. Carver School and all related items.
The second location of the Colored school was in downtown Garland known as the "Flats". Pictures and history will connect the Colored school to the building of the new school named George Washington Carver. In this section will be pictures of new school in the 50's, history of G.W. Carver, picture of the basketball teams, football team, cheerleaders, a copy of the only year book published for the school and a copy on display of the DVD on education of African Americans in GISD- Separate But Equal.

Part two
March 13 - March 31, 2021

South Garland Branch Library Exhibit: Carver Alumni Programs and Services Organization History and activities
The History of the Carver Alumni Programs and Services, Inc. (CAPS) which was established in July, 2001. This section includes pictures of the organizers, and there involvement in the community, events and connection to the new Garland Carver Elementary School.  (T-shirts, mugs).

    George Washington Carver Elementary School History and CAPS involvement
The Carver Alumni Program and Services (CAPS) organizations have maintained close ties to the George Washington Carver Elementary School located at 2200 Wynn Joyce Road, Garland. The history of the school and 10th Anniversary celebration has been included.  Again T-shirts that celebrate the 10th anniversary, and other special moments.

    Carver Senior Center History, activities and CAPS involvement
"CAPS" has also been active, involved and supportive of the Carver Senior Center located at the corner of Carver Street and Clark Street.  Information on the history of the Senior Center, along with pictures of events, and CAPS role in the Grand Reopening of the center on July 10, 2019. Congressman Colin Allred came prior to the opening to see the progress made by the city.  Members of CAPS were present, along with city officials past and present. A picture decal on one of the walls is a reminder of the history of George Washington Carver School.

Walnut Creek Branch Library Exhibit:  Black Community Leaders- 1950's- 1970's
The last glimpse of African American history and contributions to the city is the area of Civic and political service in and to the city.  We have included a few of the civic leaders who served between the 1940's to the 60's.  Then we took a look at the elected African Americans officials, who have and continue to serve in some capacity in the community as leaders.

North Garland Branch Library Exhibit: Civic Service (which includes community and elected leaders)
We have included a few of the civic leaders who served between the 1940's to the 60's.  Then we took a look at the elected African Americans officials, who have and continue to serve in some capacity in the community as leaders.

African American History Resources

Neon green African-American History Month on a black backgroundAfrican American History Month 

"The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society."

PBS blue logo on a white backgroundCelebrate Black History Month 2021  

"Black History Month is here and we are thrilled to share a host of documentaries and digital shorts that highlight the richness of the Black experience in American history. Here are previews of films premiering this month on PBS, as well as a dozen films you can stream to celebrate Black history."

Black Culture Connection in blue on a white backgroundPBS Black Culture Collection  

"We invite you to explore the PBS Black Culture Connection: Your resource and guide to the films, stories and voices across public television centered around Black history and culture. Explore. Watch. Connect!"

National Archives logoAfrican American History

"The National Archives hold a wealth of material documenting the Black experience. This page highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media." 

1619 in black Times New Roman on white backgroundThe 1619 Project  

"The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative." Requires a free New York Times Magazine account.