Friday, December 12, 2003

Big turnout on short notice

The chapel at Huston-Tillotson was at capacity. The Statesman even sent a photographer, although there were no published shots of the crowd or the event itself, just a closeup of Sarah Weddington and of Carole Keeton McClellan Rylander Strayhorn, billed on the program as "dignitaries." Azie Taylor Morton was just 67, but when she was growing up in the St. John Colony (established by freedmen) in Dale, Texas, there was no provision for high school for her. There is a mention in the Handbook of Texas of the St. John Colony in Dale, as well as for St. John's Colony here in Austin. With both of them there must be an association with the St. John Missionary Baptist Church Association, since she earned her high-school diploma at the St. John school for (non-Caucasian) blind, deaf, and orphan children in Austin.


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