While there have been previous exhibits focused on the history of Texas high school football, the “Thursday Night Lights” exhibit at The Bryan Museum will be the first professional exhibit devoted solely to telling the complete story of the Prairie View Interscholastic League. Displays will cover why and how the league came to be and highlight individuals involved through the years: blue chip players who went on to successful college and professional football careers, that for several ended in halls of fame, and outstanding coaches who were innovative and revered mentors.
The exhibit also shows the league’s social relevance, its place in Texas Black history, and its social impact across communities both black and white during a racially repressive time. Based on the book by historian and former sportswriter Michael Hurd, “Thursday Night Lights, the Story of Black High School Football In Texas,” (published by the University of Texas Press in 2017) this compelling history will be brought to life in a dynamic exhibit at the museum, both introducing and remembering the African American men and boys who coached and played organized football at segregated schools in Texas for half a socially dark century.
Mr. Hurd will also serve as co-curator on this exhibit and will be on display from April through June of 2023.