D.L. Bearden
Saturday, July 6, 2019
This web site can be expanded nationwide. 
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  Patricia Bowens Scott
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Thank you for this site. Mrs. Pauline Christopher Davis taught my relatives from Larissa.
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  Mark Dansby
Monday, August 7, 2017
Good Day!,  What an honor and a privilege to find this site honoring so many amazing black educators! I believe that I am a descendent of CB Dansby, being that my father, Sidney, grandfather, Buck, and great grandfather, Andrew, grew up in the Kilgore and Henderson area.   Thank you for sharing this amazing information.  Sincerely,  Mark Dansby
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  Mac Thompson
Saturday, July 22, 2017
What a Great difference all the teachers made. I attended Dansby School but finished  Washington in Wichita Falls. There are many teachers taught me  and help mold me. I will forever be greatful to them.
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  Carrie House
Monday, June 12, 2017
Hi,  I'm looking for Mrs. Jones who is black and Mrs. Nathan Holt, who is white.  I have no idea exactly how old they would be.  They were my 1st and 2nd-grade teachers at South Ward Elementary about 1977/78 when Mr. Whitaker... who was also a local Pastor - was Principal.  Mrs. Jones had a teen-aged daughter who would be somewhere around 55, now. I really wanted to say hello and to thank them for allowing me to love to read.  Thanks, Carrie
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  Joyce Ann Portley Kelly Watts
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Great site.
  Kristi Baker
Thursday, April 27, 2017
lovely website. I was looking for my kindergarten teacher and discovered an exciting part of black educational history. Thank you
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  Levi Christopher
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
What a fantastic website!

Like most people that signed the guestbook, I too accidently came across it. I attended Rollins Elementary School, Maggie B. Hudson Junior High, and was in the last group of students that attended Mary C. Womack Senior High School.

Reading the Historical background of teachers that taught at Longview Negro High School, I saw the names of the trailblazers that were later honored by having a middle school and high school named in their honor, Maggie B. Hudson and Mary C. Womack. What a history lesson!

Lots of memories from the teachers pictures displayed. I often share stories to friends and coworkers about the experiences in being educated in East Texas during the times of segregation. Each one of those teachers helped shape the character I grew up to be.

Kudos to my cousin, George Bates and fond memories of Ms Hattie Cotton who was also a neighbor of mine. 
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  Deborah L. Goree
Saturday, January 16, 2016
I am so happy to have found this site.  I am in search of information on my family who lived in Marshall, but were well known in Longview and Kilgore.  The Anderson family.  Rufus Sr., his wife Emma Louise, and sons Rufus Jr., Grandville. All I know is that he taught at Wiley, owned a Dairy Queen, bought a school and turned it into an adult daycare facility, and played music in a band.  If some one can fill in the blank spots, it would greatly be appreciated by myself, my children and grandchildren.  I want them to know and I to want to know more about my uncle Rufus Anderson.  Thanks in advance.
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  Martha Booty-Johnson
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Words cannot express my gratitude for this tribute and acknowledgement to so many Trailblazers!  In preparing for a tribute to Teachers at the 1970 Class of Mary C. Womack/Black Students @ Longview High School, 45th Class Reunion I came across this site with the help of Kaye Adams.  Teachers have been invited to this event; so we can say THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE & WE LOVE YOU!  To those Educators that have since made their transition to Educators' Heaven, we say THANK YOU & WE LOVE YOU.  Longview and East Texas have so much to be thankful for; at least I myself do because of the sacrifices of the ones that touched and left impressions that I still remember and strive to make them proud.  Heartfelt gratefulness to Mr. Charles Newhouse and Rev. Homer C. Rockmore.
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  Richard Jones
Friday, March 13, 2015
Amazingly insightful!  As a Black educator in Garland ISD, I am given an elevated pride and appreciation to those  professional  Black educators who paved a way for me today.  I can't help myself when I say these were my people! Thank you all for your leadership and much determination in creating a better people.  Amazing!
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  Corlis Lyons
Friday, August 23, 2013
This forum is a wonderful tribute to our educators! It is a privilege to participate in giving these women and men the honor they so justly deserve -- a place to be remembered and the space in our thoughts to reflect on their valuable contributions.  Their gifts were not limited to the classroom but flowed freely into our communities enriching lives and strengthening young people for life's challenges.  THIS IS OUR HISTORY to be preserved, shared, and cherished.    I was a student at Southside Elementary 1960 - 1966 before being placed on the front lines of desegregation. Mr. L.H. Walker is my hero. I loved each and every one of my teachers -- Era Moseley, Neldarene Johnson, Lizzie Willis, Narva Snoddy, Gussie Holmes, Eula B. Bolton. 
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  Carylon Alexander
Thursday, August 22, 2013
My family is from Kilgore and many were teachers very early after slavery.  My great aunt, Mary E. Bryant Alexander (b. 1873), wife of Reverend H.C. Alexander taught in the schoold district in before 1900 as did at least two of her four children who were teachers.   Roy James Alexander (b. 1896) taught at Weldon and Ima Willie Alexander Cobb (b. 1909) taught in Kilgore in  the 1940's as did her husband Dr. William Lennox Cobb. The two later taught in san Francisco where Dr. Cobb became the cities first African American Principal. The William Lennox Cobb Elementry School is named after Dr. Cobb. Another of Mary's Children, Byron Hamilton grew up in Kilgore and taught school in the Berkeley California school district.
The info on the site has been very helpful in  research of my family from Kilgore, Longview, Gladewater. Wonderful legacy the teachers and students from East Texas.
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  Charles Currie
Friday, July 12, 2013
It is so nice to look back on times past. I attended Weldon High School in Gladewater, Texas. I was fortunate to be taught by Mr and Mrs Hill, Mrs Cannon, Mrs Bell, Mr Jones, Mr Hawley, Mrs Smith, Mrs Collier, and many more. I played football for Mr Cooksey, Mr Cannon, Mr Derrick and Mr Hawley.
I enjoyed my years at Weldon and I now tell others about my experiences. The football games, the band, the choir, basketball games, baseball, the track meets. I had a chance to attend school in California and I am so glad I graduated in Texas.
This is such a good site- I am so proud to have been educated by the great black teachers we had in east Texas.
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  Maurice Jones, Jr
Monday, July 23, 2012
 My father, Maurice Jones, Sr., taught at Weldon High from 1960 until 1968. He then took a position in the Dallas ISD. He is a 1947 graduate of Shiloh High and earned his undergraduate degree at Texas College in Tyler, TX. Dad coached football at Weldon with Mr. Walter Derrick and Mr. Gene Cannon, deceased, who went on to be an administrator in the Oakland, CA, school district.  His principal at Weldon was the late Garfield Hill. Dad spent 35 years in the field of education, retiring in 1986. He resides in Dallas, TX.
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  Monica Jones
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I was born in Longview and raised in White Oak. Texas until I was 7 years old.  I started school under Mr. D. M.Brown. I was delighted to see  information on Mr. Brown. He lived up the street from my family.He was a loving,caring person. I miss those days.I also saw a relative who also grew up in White Oak,Racine Allen Mithchell.Her father,Rayford Allen was our busdriver.I recognized several others. My father Maurice Worked at Weldon in Gladewater for several years before we moved to Dallss.
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  Kelly Sillers
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Do anyone have any good  information about the Dickson Colored Orphanage Home that was in Gilmer, Upshur County. If so I'd love to know.
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  Michael "Criket" Godwin
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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  Etta Wislon
Monday, March 26, 2012

How can we know why we got here (survived) if we fail to remember where we came from?

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  Berenice Gray
Saturday, October 15, 2011
This is just wonderful.  I visited this site quite sometime ago.  Lone before your were able to sign the guest book. I was awed to see my kindergarten teachers Mrs Whitfield, Mrs Gladys Brown, and Mrs Harnage from Weldon High School, Gladewater, TX.  And... of course all of the teachers from C.B. Dansby High where I graduated.   I am currently involved in building a memorial site in Kilgore in the memory of the deceased students and faculty members.  God bless those involved in putting this site together.

Bea Gray  
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  Bobbie N. Jacques
Friday, September 30, 2011
I think this website is awesome!!  I attended schools in Shiloh and Longview and when I see some of my teachers that gave me a great start in life, I get goose bumps.  I visit the site quite often.  It brings back memories of days I will never forget.  Ms. Hudson, Mr. Walker, Mr. Shavers, Mr. Everhart, Ms. Leola King-Davis; I could go on and on.  Keep it up and thanks!!
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  Gwendolyn J. Brantley
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I am a native of Marshall, Texas and I am very proud of the work that's being done in East Texas to recognize retired educators.  I am a retiree  of DISD and work closely with the Retiree Commission of dallas regional/National Alliance of Black School Educators.
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  Cherry Pittman
Sunday, September 11, 2011
very interesting!!!nice website!!
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  James Bruce Pentecost
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Thank you for this site. Many of the
educators were my teachers and friends.
They gave me many value lessons and
inspirations. Also Allie Blackman White
was my aunt.
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  Marietta Gonzalez
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Wow! Lately, I've been thinking a lot about Mr. Probasco, my 6th grade science teacher from Ware Elementary in Longivew, Texas.  After doing a search on his name, I came across your website.  Mr. Newhouse, thank you for putting this together!
  Mr. Probasco was such a loving/giving man, very soft-spoken. I always went through the lunch line beside him and I watched as time after time students would ask him for his dessert. And each time he would give it away.  I would often tell him not to do it all the time and he would anyway and he would just smile and say that they probably needed it more than he did! He was such an example for me.
  Along with his photo, I found Mr. McDaniel, both Mr. Whitaker's, Mr. Newhouse, Mr. Daniels, sweet Ms. Wilson, and Mr. Allen.  I found Mr. Dixon from Ware Elem. who taught me to play the clarinet and wanted to find Mr. Fortson, who taught me math at Foster JR. High. I used to sit on the front row in his class and watch his goatee move up and down under his bottom lip!    I would also love to see O.H. Turner, Ann Newsome, A.L. Gholston & Mr. Wilson.
  Sure wish I could've thanked these teachers who were so instrumental in adding to the character that I now have.  But to the family members of those who are deceased, just know that you come from a long line of amazing teachers. It's funny how I remembered their names after all these years.  Thanks again for a trip down memory lane!  I only wish I would've carried my camera around school more than I did.  Go Lobos!  Class of 1977~!
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  Bronell Ingram
Friday, May 20, 2011
It was truly amazing to also stumble upon your website today, 5/20/11. I graduated from North Chapel High in 1967, the year before it was intergrated with the Sabine ISD -High School. I immediately called my sister, Loretta who also graduated in 1961. We were taught by some of the same teachers profiled as your ETBE honorees at North Chapel High.  We had such great teachers as Bobby E. Fortson, Jessie Warren, Arie Moore, Daislyn Wilson and others not yet submitted as Thelma J. Hill, Oletha Owens, Miss Morris, Garland Oxford...should I continue.  Dedicated teachers are stilled called and so much needed.  Thank you for publishing the East Teas Black Educator Hall of Fame...We come from a solid educational foundation with a strong value learning consitituion.  Graduated UNT, Denton, TX '72
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  Tommy D. Thomas
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Glad I found the ETBEHofF even if only by accident.  I am honored to have been taught by some of the wonderful teachers you have paid homage to. I would like to encourage every viewer to this site to take a look at the new "Weldon School Bumblebees" site and give us your ideas for making it  better.  Thanks Tom
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  Carol Freeman Porter
Monday, February 7, 2011
I really enjoyed this site but veery disappointed that many of my favorite teachers were not included. I pray that they will be included at a future date
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  LaTrenna Coss
Monday, December 6, 2010
This a "Wonderful" website! I copied and pasted the linkand place it my FaceBook page. Thanks for the memories !
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  Gem Meacham
Monday, September 27, 2010
Thank you for this site.  It  is an invaluable historical resource as we tell the COMPLETE story of education in Gregg County.

Mr. German Anderson told me about this site because we are working on the marker submission for the Womack High School. 

Do you have any information on Kilgore Schools?

Ms. Gem Meacham, Chairman
Marker Committee, Gregg County Historical Commission
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  Dr. Chaney Williams-Ledet
Monday, March 29, 2010
I am the grandaughter of Elzie Williams and the great-grand daughter of Ned Williams.  I am deeply humbled and honored by this website. 
Currently, serving as an African- American female administrator in a large urban school district it is with great pride I contribute to this Guest Book.
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  James NE Williams
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Mr. Newhouse,  3/22/10
Please accept my apologies for not staying in touch with you after forwarding information for this great document of history regarding our grandfather, Ned E. Williams former Principal, Gregg County Training School and father Elzie R. Williams, former Superintendent, Elderville school District. They were trailblazers for the rest of us.

We are very pleased to see a new school being built honoring our grandfather Ned E. Williams.
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  Fayme Eatmon
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
My name is Fayme Eatmon, the sister of Johanna Ryans.  I, too, am delighted to read this information, and to know that our grandmother may be the first African American woman administrator in Gregg County, and maybe one of the firsts in the state.  Please send us any information you have regarding her.  I am humbled to follow in my gradmother's footsteps as an educator in Texas.
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  Johanna Parker Ryans
Saturday, October 10, 2009
At a recent family gathering someone mentioned that my grandmother, Edna Mae Jacogs was the first black principal in Gregg County Texas.  I decided to search the net and to my great pleasure found her listed on this site.  Thank you so much!  I would appreciate any other information you can share. 
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  Johanna Parker Ryans
Saturday, October 10, 2009
At a recent family gathering someone mentioned that my grandmother was the first black principal in Gregg County Texas.  I decided to search the net and to my great pleasure found her listed on this site.  Thank you so much!  I would appreciate any other information you can share. 
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  Rhonda Jackson Lewis
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at these pictures and reading about some of our pioneer teachers/administrators.  I was just so touched to read about Mr. Lloyd Walker and Southside Elementary, where I attended elementary school. 

A special thanks to the person who submitted "Mrs. Allie Mae Stokely Harnage", my grandmother to be included in this historical adventure. 

Mr. Charles Newhouse, you are doing a beautiful job with the past educators.  Thank you for educating all ages in East Texas history. 
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  Margaret Williams-Buard
Monday, June 22, 2009
I was very excited to see our History of ETBE!  My sister Evelyn Williams-Todd deceased 2000. She graduated from Fredonia High School, and taugh for 32 years in Spur, Sweetwater ,San Angelo, Texas.

Thank for keeping our Legends.
Margaret Williams-Buard
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  Courtney Webster-Jackson
Monday, June 15, 2009
It was a pleasure to see all the names and faces of East Texas educators who made a difference.  This is a wonderful site and should be shared with so many students today.
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  Adrienne Newhouse
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I want to thank Larnell Jernigan, Foster Middle School, for sending me this link.  Since I'm not from Longview but from Shreveport, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history of the schools and about the educators I knew and didn't know.  Great job Brother-in-Law (Charles)!  I look forward to seeing your name and picture on the list of retired teachers, as I submitted you as a nominee. 
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  Lorna Bonner
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
This was great to view since I was the first African American female principal in Longview, Tx after integration (South Ward 1984-1998). I recognized more names than faces, since I'm not from East Texas. Charles Newhouse, thanks for sharing.
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  Quanisha Johnson
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

This site really helped me learn some things about black history in longvie

  Johnnie Perry
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
This brings back so many memories and this will truely be remembered by the educators that taught us.
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  Lauraetta Rene' Bryant Centers
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
This website is great. I am so glad that we are keeping a record of our history. I am proud to see my parents (Horace & Wilma Bryant) and aunt (Judy Cotton). I am working and striving to be part of this Hall of Fame in just a few years. Job well done!
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  Paulette Downs Wellington
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I was told of this web site today by Dr. Shiela Williams, a professor at Prairie View who is from Longview.  Upon returning home, I immediately googled this site and was so happy to see my brothers Horace and Jason Whitaker being recognized by your site along with all the other deserving honorees.  This is truly a great thing to do and I hope it will continue to grow.
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  Johnnie Roberts
Monday, October 13, 2008
I really enjoyed viewing this information. You did an excellent job. Is it possible to add people who are not included for example O.H. Turner, Ann Newsome, A.L. Gholston?
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Friday, October 10, 2008
enjoyed the presentation, brought back memories.
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  Amanda D Buchanan Rose
Thursday, October 9, 2008
This is so Wounderfull Thank You.
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  Willie J. Booty
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
One of my classmates of Womack class 64', Johnnie Perry notified me of this website.  this site brought back a lot of memories to me and I'm quite sure that others that view it will feel the same.  The time and dedication these educators devoted to us through the difficult times as they were, could never be repaid.  I'm forever grateful to all that touch my life from Southside Elementary, 1952 through Maggie B. Hudson Junior High, through Womack 1964.
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  Beverly R Hester
Friday, September 26, 2008

Thank you for helping me to identify Mr. Elvas H. Moore, Sr., principal of Rollins Elementary School in Longview.  He and his family were my neighbors during the 1940s.  

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  Herman Wright Jr
Monday, September 8, 2008
Your site is a national treasurer. We are interested in supporting your work however we can.
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  Shelia Ashley Onwuazo
Saturday, August 30, 2008

I have been away from Longview for about 18 years and this was sent to me by a former classmate.  It was nice to see the much deserved recognition of our educators. 

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  renita bates
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I truly enjoyed viewing the website, especially seeing my father - George Bates.  Thank-you!
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  Roderic D. Randall
Monday, June 30, 2008

Great site!

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  Sheila Bridges Williams
Monday, June 30, 2008
Rev. Rockmore and Deacon Newhouse,
(Two of my most favorite people in the world--truly!)  

I was unaware of this web site until today--I was moved to tears and great appreciation for this enormous historical contribution.  Thank you can never convey the debt of gratitude I feel right now--so many wonderful people and so many wonderful memories.  I realize that it is because of these educators that I have been successful in my life--they, and my parents, were and remain my inspiration.

Again, thanks to both of you and all who have worked tirelessly to produce this project.

God Bless and keep you!
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  Erma Shaw Coit
Sunday, June 8, 2008
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  Sheryl Rogers McCloney
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I stumbled onto this website by accident, however, I was quite pleased at the tribute to the Black Educators in East Texas as well as the history of the schools.  I was proud to see my mother, Sammie M. Rogers, as well as others that either taught me or that I have known all of my life.  Keep up the good work and your efforts are applauded!!!
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  Howard Swann
Thursday, March 6, 2008

So far, nice site.

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  Melba Smith
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
This is absolutely beautiful in design as well as appreciation shown toward  those unselfish and dedicated people who helped give a strong foundation to all the lives they touched. 

I applaud you gentlemen, a job well done.  I look forward to your additions. 

Thank you, 
Melba Smith
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