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Milam County, Texas - Historical Markers

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O.J. Thomas High School



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Marker TitleO.J. Thomas High School
Address6th St.
Location6th St. between N. Orchard & MLK
CityCameron
Year Marker Erected2002
Designationsn/a
Text on MarkerO.J. Thomas High School Early efforts to serve the educational needs of Cameron's African American students centered on church instruction at a place called "Little Rocky" Church in the Marlow Community. In 1923, Oscar John Thomas (1894-1977) joined the district to serve as principal and teacher. Under his leadership, the district secured financing from the Julius Rosenwald fund and built a new facility in 1925. The school was renamed for Thomas in 1938. Thirty years later, during integration, the facility became Cameron Junior High. A 1974 petition changed the name back to O.J. Thomas. In 1995, the junior high closed, and in 1998, the building was sold to an alumni group for use as a community center. (2002)
SourceTexas Historical Commission's Texas Historic Sites Atlas Database - July 2003

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Created on 27 July 2003 and last revised on 23 Apr 2004.