The Hidden History of African American Texans

Jessie McGuire Dent
Saturday, November 14 | 12 Noon

For our next episode, learn about an African American Trailblazer, who, in June 1943, won a lawsuit against the Galveston School Board of Trustees to end the practice of unequal pay for teachers based on their race. Jessie McGuire Dent also co-founded one of the first sororities for African-American women – Delta Sigma Theta.

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Episode 1: John Rufus Gibson

Episode 1: Q & A with Sam Collins and Special Guest Wilberforce University President, Elfred Anthony Pinkard, Ed.D.

Historian Sam Collins, III shares the life of John Rufus Gibson, a name everyone should know. Gibson dedicated his life to the education of youth on Galveston island. His career spanned over 50 years and the impact of his influence is still being felt today. The inspiring story of this man and his family have been hidden for years. It is time to reveal it and celebrate it!


About the Presenter

Historian Samuel Collins, III, is a founding member of The Bryan Museum’s Delegados Advocate Board, which was formed in 2017. Sam serves on several other boards including National Trust for Historic Preservation, Rosenberg Library Trustee, and the Ruby Bridges Foundation (National Board). Sam’s past board service includes Galveston Historical Foundation, Old Central Cultural Center, NIA Cultural Center, Galveston Chamber of Commerce, Galveston Economic Development Partnership, Texas Historical Commission State Board of Review, and Texas A & M University Letterman’s association.