Palacios Colored School: Then and Now

Photo courtesy of Ernestine Heard Edwin
This undated photo shows students gathering for classes at the Palacios Colored School.

   Lack of education for the African-American population has been a persistent thread throughout U.S. history.  
   Prior to the Civil War, it was illegal in many states for African-Americans to be taught to read and write.  
   There are the stories of slaves, usually the offspring of a white master and a slave mother, who were taught to read and write; however, this was not the usual case. 
   Following the Civil War, schools started educating both white and African-American students.  
   By 1904, there were 32 independent school districts; 19 of them instructed a total of 764 African American students.  
   Conditions in the schools varied from homes to schoolrooms to barns. 
   The first mention of a “Negro” school in Palacios is in the April 4, 1929 edition of the Palacios Beacon: “during the 1928-29 school year...a Negro school has been maintained at a cost of approximately $300.00.”  

Town of Manhatten once planned at Caney Creek mouth

Photo/ Palaciois State Bank from Matagorda County TXgenwebsite

Manhattan was the name of a proposed town in southeastern Matagorda County to be at the mouth of Caney Creek on East Matagorda Bay, the easternmost part of which, at the junction of the mainland and the Matagorda Peninsula, was once called Manhattan Bay. 
   Proposed during the boom in town speculation of 1837–39, Manhattan apparently never developed into much.
   The February 1838 issues of the Matagorda Bulletin reported, however, the packet sloop Manhattan would make weekly trips between Matagorda and the town of Manhattan.

State OKs 4 markers for Matagorda County

Four new state historical markers were approved for Matagorda County by the Texas Historical Commission last week.
   The markers are: the Sargent-Rugeley-Herreth Home in Bay City, the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1862, the Civil War-era Matagorda Incident (1863) and W.C. Williams Building in Palacios.

A hotel’s history in 2 places: Collegeport, Houston

The Avenue Hotel, above, during the good times in Collegeport around 1911 - the year the lodging rate was raised to $1.

Alfred M. Weborg was born July 7, 1867, in Wisconsin, son of Peter Weborg, born in Norway, and Oluffa Elisebet Wiig, born in Sweden. Anna Maria Jacobson was born May 29, 1878 in Illinois, daughter of Gustaf Adolf Jacobson (1846-1910) and Wilhelmina Ostran (1869-1939), who were both born in Sweden.


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