Camps Normal Industrial Historical Documents (pdf)
In the early part of the 1900’s there was an active effort by African Americans to educate their childern. Several institutions of higher education were established in East Texas. The included Wiley College and Bishop College in Marshall, Texas, Jarvis College in Hawkins, Texas and Texas College and Butler College which were both in Tyler, Texas. There were several boarding schools that taught basic skills like homemaking and carpentry. The school most noted was Mary Allen Seminary. There was a serious effort to create a boarding school and training instutue in Gregg County. A group of men created the Camps Normal Industrial Institute Board. They bought 50 acres of land a couple of miles north of the Sabine River bridge on highway 42 in the Camp Switch community. There is no idication that their dream ever came to pass but through the efforts of one of its board members, I. S. White, they established the Camp Normal Industrial Hospital near downtown Longview, Texas.
Listed below are several historical documents that have been located that are related to the Camp Normal Industrial Institute and the Camp Normal Industrial Hospital.
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