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Portrait of Progress — Part 1

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George McShane speaks at the Founder’s Day Birthday Bash at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Elgin Aug. 20.   Courtesy photoA marker for Washington School’s original location is located at Madison and Houston streets in Elgin. Washington School, now known as Booker T. Washington Elementary School, is located at 510 Martin Luther King Blvd. Learn more about Black history in Elgin Texas with a self-guided tour found at   Photo by Amy MillerWashington High School’s band from 1953 is shown here.   Courtesy photoThe 1956 Washington High School girls basketball team won the district championship.   Courtesy photo

The City of Elgin is hosting a yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration in honor of the community’s founding in 1872. 2022 is a year for the entire community to commemorate, educate and celebrate the rich history and highlight the cultural fabric of the last 150 years. The Elgin Courier is generously sharing a weekly “Sesquicentennial Story,” intended to provide new perspectives, pay tribute to the past, and help the community join together throughout the year and beyond.I’m George McShan, a 1965 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. The most senior and oldest graduate and alumni that graduated is here today — my uncle, Shifton McShan, who graduated in 1950.​It is certainly ...

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