Powell Point School

Powell Point School (HM2QX)

Location: Beasley, TX 77417 Fort Bend County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 28.768', W 96° 1.268'

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William E. Kendall, an Anglo lawyer from Richmond, Texas, subdivided his plantation here into 100-acre farm tracts in 1869. He sold the land exclusively to Freedmen and by the 1880s a distinctly African American community named Kendleton had developed here.

In 1890 local A.M.E. churches built three one room schools to form Common School District No. 4, an all-African American district which included the original land grant of Elizabeth Powell. Tellie B. Mitchell, a Kendleton native and graduate of Wiley College (1903), returned to Kendleton and established Powell Point School in 1904 in a two-room schoolhouse. The school prospered and in 1918 graduated six students, five of whom went on to college and became educators.

In 1923 Mitchell persuaded the Rosenwald Foundation to grant funds to build a Powell Point School facility here with six classrooms, a library, and an auditorium. The school became a model institution and entry into its student body was an advantage sought by African Americans throughtout southeast Texas. T. B. Mitchell served as school principal until 1954.

Powell Point, today an elementary school, is a locally revered institution which symbolizes Kendleton's unique cultural heritage and promise for the future.
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HM NumberHM2QX
Series This marker is part of the Rosenwald Schools series
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Year Placed1995
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission, Sesquicentennial of Texas Statehood 1845-1995
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 8:38pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 788859 N 3264805
Decimal Degrees29.47946667, -96.02113333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 28.768', W 96° 1.268'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 28' 46.08" N, 96° 1' 16.08" W
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Area Code(s)979, 281, 832
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2601-2699 Farm to Market 2919, Beasley TX 77417, US
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