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 The B. T. W. Gazette newsletter # 73
                THE B.T.W. GAZETTE


                               Home of the BTW Dragons

                                    and the Dragonettes



VOLUME NO. 73                                                JUNE & JULY 2016



                              Borger's Booker T. Washington school

                        Historical Marker Dedicated on June 14, 2013



                                      Memorial Day May 30, 2016




                                     A few of my thoughts about our 

                           2017 Booker T. Washington School Renion


At our 2015 Booker T. Washington (BTW) Borger School reunion we voted to continue having our BTW reunions in Borger, Texas. Well we have a little over 12 months before it’s that time again so start planning to attend at our 2017 reunion. 

When I think of attending our next reunion if I’m still here; I think of how we will not be able to see all of our old friends/school mates that are no longer here with us. I feel that it will not be the same with so many of our friends gone. I then have to quickly check myself and remember the main reason for our reunions of the past and those of the future is to celebrate the history of Borger’s BTW School, it’s Faculty, Alumni, the African American community of back in the day and to support the BTW School scholarship fund. I believe our friends and school mates that are no longer with us would want us to keep on showing up and celebrating our past and future. 

So as long as the Lord blesses us to be able to attend, we’ll be there. With that being said we would like to encourage everyone to come out and support this most important function. I feel certain that the BTW School Alumni Committee will once again have enough on the agenda to make it fun and keep us plenty busy during those three days in June of 2017.





                  Juneteenth in the Borger African American Community

                                             Borger News Herald

                                               Juneteenth Article

                                  c/o Mrs. Lavella Keeling-Wilson

                                         Late 1940s or early 1950s




                                              Happy Juneteenth

                                                  June 19, 2016


June 19th is National Juneteenth Day. This special day is celebrated as the date that slavery ended in America. The rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this but the actual emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas and issued General Order No. 3, on June 19, 1865 almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation dated September 22, 1862. June nineteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states.


                                                 September 10, 2015          

                                   Mr. Thomas Wilson's Facebook

                                                       BTW page


Check out Mr. Thomas Wilson's Facebook page that he started on June 1, 2015 "Booker T. Washington School, Borger Texas, your memories." Thomas started the page to get us talking about our memories of growing up in Borger, Texas and attending school at BTW. He said "We all have memories of BTW in Borger. We should share them before they are lost forever." 


It's a fun page to visit; so go ahead, check it out and share your memories while you still can.


Thanks Thom for such a fun page to visit.






                                                      February 19, 2015

                       Where was the first African American Settlement

                                                 located in Borger, Texas?


I posted the following information on this site in June of 2013 in the " Early African Americans in Hutchinson County/Borger" section. I discovered today that I forgot to include the 1928 Sanborn map of Borger that show the location of the African American community at that time.


The first community where African Americans lived in Borger was on the West side. I've seen it written that "Due to demands for development and expansion of the West side by the Borger School District", most of the African American community was forced to move to the North side in 1929 to an area known as "The Flats." The following statement was provided by Mrs. Cleo Morrison on 6/14/2013 concerning where the original African American community in Borger was located: "Look at Sheet # 1 of the 1928 Sanborn Map of Borger. I had to enlarge it to 400% to be able to read the wording but that is the corner of 10th and Cedar where the Edward Jones building is today. That is just across highway #207 where the old Davis Chevorlet Business use to be".


Sheet # 1 of the 1928 Sanborn Map of Borger was provided by Mrs. Cleo Morrison and is posted below. Click on the PDF below to see the map. Enlarge it to 400% and look to the far left, you will see a section of town listed as "Colored Settlement." As Mrs. Morrison stated; this was across the road from the old Davis Chevrolet company.


Borger Aug. 1928, Sheet 1.pdf


This information is also posted in the "Early African Americans in Hutchinson County/Borger", click on the link in the above directory to go there.


                                                  THE WAY WE WERE

Let me remember the trees and laughter
On a day in Spring
I see a painted Canvas of loved one’s dancing
At Holiday’s so giving and caring
Wedding’s so gay and happy
Those were the way we were

I remember a voice so gentle
And a spirit with wonder so heartfelt and true
I can see with my eyes, brothers, sisters and a family too
I sat on the porch or firescape
Watching the rain or birds flying through
Those were the way we were

When the clouds look as though they are moving
And trees whisper in the breeze
God’s Art always follows me
As six hands play ring-around-the-rosey
And when we all fall down
This moment in time will stay with us
Into the twilight I look at the stars
They seem to go on forever, so very far
This is the way we were

Never forget how we once lived
God has taken the one’s who died
Always remember the happy times
And through them, we see ourselves
Then into butterflies we fly.

by Linda Ann Henry


Click on The B.T.W. newsletter archives above to catch up on what you may have missed.


Donate to build a gazebo at Cofield Park/Com Cntr. Contact Mr. Raymond Loftis at: or Ms. Estella Willis for information at: Estella says that so far they have collected several hundred dollars and welcome additional donations. Donate to the Scholarship fund; contact Mrs. Georgia Hughes for more information." role="button" data-address="" data-name="stephanie hughes" data-action="contact-card-menu" aria-label="from stephanie hughes">


                                               March 10, 2014


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The following link will not always take you to the BTW website; use the above link should that happen:



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BTW Reunion 6/19/2009

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Forrest Craig - May 22
Our 2017 Borger Booker T. Washington School reunion is just right around the corner. Would you believe that we have a little over 12 months before it's that time again if it's the Lord's will. So start planning to be in attendance in June 2017. It probably won't be long before we start hearing from the BTW Alumni school reunion committee. We are praying that the Lord blesses us with good health that will allow us to travel to Borger and attend the reunion. with that being said, we are looking forward to seeing all of our friends and family. Drop us a note here in the guestbook section and let us know what your plans for attending the reunion are.
Forrest Craig - Jun 2, 2015
Thanks Mrs. Clara Brown Trimble for your message. I'm going to enter it in the Guestbook of our web site so that others can also enjoy your message. Look forward to hearing from you again. Please give our regards to your uncle.

Clara Brown Trimble - Jun 2, 2015
Thanks you Mr. Craig, My 84 years old uncle that told me the story, was excited to know he was correct about the school. We're going to record his stories, about BTW history, he's the oldest male living. I attached our logo reunion pin, it will be placed in the registration bags. It's BT Washington, our Red Brick School Building & Black Panther, school colors Purple & Gold. Thank you again, I am also excited to tell the other panthers about our connection. We will be
honoring the Basketball team and Uncle Jack will be the Homecoming "King". I will be keeping in touch, blessings to you.
Forrest Craig - Jun 1, 2015
Hello DeLana. It's always good hearing from you. We are wishing you the best with your career change. We are looking forward to seeing all of you guys also. Praying that we all have a safe trip to and from Borger. See you soon.
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