Blackwell School

Blackwell School (HM15BG)

Location: Marfa, TX 79843 Presidio County
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N 30° 18.356', W 104° 1.339'

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Education for local children of Mexican descent dates from 1889, when the former Methodist church became a schoolhouse. The school, named for longtime principal Jesse Blackwell, served hundreds of Hispanic children up to ninth grade. Students were told to speak only English on campus; Spanish words written on slips of paper were buried on the grounds in a mock funeral ceremony. The school closed in 1965 with integration of Marfa schools. The building sat vacant until preservation efforts by the Blackwell School Alliance, formed in 2006. The one-story schoolhouse has a modified hip roof, front-gabled entry, and plastered 24-inch thick adobe walls on a stone foundation.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2010
HM NumberHM15BG
Year Placed2010
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 10:50am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 594006 N 3353090
Decimal Degrees30.30593333, -104.02231667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 18.356', W 104° 1.339'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 18' 21.36" N, 104° 1' 20.34" W
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Area Code(s)432
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-312 W Waco St, Marfa TX 79843, US
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