history of African-Americans at Texas A&M University
dates to the institution's beginning. African-Americans
in the Texas Legislature supported the passage of the
Morrill Land-Grant Act in 1866, which established the
A&M College of Texas. Between 1876 and 1963, African-Americans
worked at A&M as laborers, maids, custodians and various
other support staff. They were, however, prohibited
from attending as students and faculty.
history of African-Americans at A&M has been shaped
by decades of racial segregation, quiet desegregation,
and attempts to redress historical wrongs. It has been
filled with lifelong struggles and determination in
fulfillment of a dream that finally opened the doors
to A&M in 1963. The past 37 years have been a continuing
struggle by African-Americans and A&M to ensure that
the dream is kept alive.
exhibit attempts to explore that complex history through
its 125 years. It is only a partial history, as these
photographs, texts and historical documents reveal.
Much remains uncovered or forever lost. There are no
photographs of prejudice or discrimination, or documents
detailing exclusion or unfairness. Yet, it is hoped
that what is presented here will tell a story of struggle,
pride, humility, persistence, dedication, contributions