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Celebrating African-American history in Commerce, Texas

Repository: Texas A & M University--Commerce. Special Collections

Collection Description (CRHP): The Celebrating African-American History in Commerce, Texas oral histories were sponsored by the Converging Literacies Center.

Collection Description (Extant): The Norris School served the local African American population until Commerce Independent School District integrated in 1965. Harry Turner was among the last graduating classes at Norris, and later became one of the first African American students at Texas A&M-Commerce (then East Texas State University).

Billy Reed is currently president of the Commerce chapter of NAACP and founding member/president of the Norris Community Club.

Ivory Moore was the first Director of Minority Affairs at Texas A&M-Commerce, joining the university in 1972 as the first African-American administrator at the recently integrated campus (then East Texas State University). He was also Commerce’s first African-American mayor and responsible for a number of major improvements for the African American community on campus and throughout the Norris Community. Also a founding member of the Norris Community Club.

Derryle Peace shares the memories he spent growing up in Dallas, and the education he received from outstanding teachers who prepared him for the integrated school system.

Access Copy Note: There are more videos on the project's Youtube site at and at the Northeast Texas Digital Collections website at,41

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: Yes

Language: English

Interviewees: Harry Turner, Billy Reed, Ivory Moore, Derryle Peace

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American students--Texas
African Americans--Texas
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
School integration--Texas
Segregation in education--Texas




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