Lufkin woman highlighting Dunbar School graduates' achievements

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - One East Texas woman is making sure that a crucial piece of Lufkin's history is not forgotten while shining a light on the accomplishments of those who attended a once all-black school before integration.

Bettie Kennedy has been collecting Dunbar School memorabilia for more than 10 years and she's finally getting an opportunity to show it off.

Kennedy organized an exhibit full of pictures, news paper articles and yearbooks at Lufkin's City Hall, as part of her contribution to the upcoming Dunbar School reunion.

"This is going to be a dynamic one because they're reaching all the classes," said Kennedy.

Kennedy graduated from Dunbar School in 1949, 20 years before the all-black school was integrated into Lufkin Independent School District in 1970.

"During those years we had to use 2nd hand clothing that the football team wore. We didn't have all the facilities that the schools have today. Old books has been used, many were missing pages and been written in," said Kennedy.

But what Kennedy really wants to share is even with the circumstances in which they went to school many Dunbar graduates have made some outstanding achievements.

"I want you to know that even out of the hardship that these persons have achieved and done extremely well throughout the nation," said Kennedy. "It's marvelous."

"I thought, we are not giving person who graduated from Dunbar who achieved wonderful careers and have been successful and done marvelous things because of the teachers at Dunbar at that time, that caring teachers that went beyond the call of duty to spend time with the students and teach them," said Kennedy.

And Kennedy says there is nothing more powerful than a teacher.

Kennedy's exhibit will be on display at Lufkin City Hall, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-2 , through the month of August.

Kennedy will be there to talk with people, reminisce and talk about accomplishments, history and share memories.

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