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Sam Houston State University
Founded in 1879, Sam Houston State University is one of the oldest schools in Texas. The 272 acre main campus is near the center of Huntsville, and has an enrollment of more than 14,000 students. Sam Houston State offers courses of study leading to 84 undergraduate , 47 masters, and 4 doctoral degrees.
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Estill Classroom Building
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Huntsville, TX 77341
Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston Woodland Monument
Sam Houston truly lived almost everywhere in Texas at some point in his life, however he held a special place for Huntsville. The original home that he lived in, and where four of his 8 children were born was a home that is now known as "Woodland". Located in Huntsville, you will be able to visit this home, and find out more about this statesman.
Sam Houston State Rugby Pitch
One of the off the beaten path areas of Huntsville is Sam Houston State's Intramural Sports fields, where the home of Sam Rugby resides.
This was the first place that I played a official rugby match, which we won so many years ago.
It is located seconds away from the Sam Houston Museum, so if you see some kids running around with a white ball in their arms, stop in and watch for a while!
Ruins of Old Main -- Huntsville's Pompeii
The hallmark of Sam Houston State University since its creation in 1876 was Old Main, the ornate structure at the heart of the campus that housed the school's administration.
For reasons still unknown to this day, Old Main caught fire and burned to the ground in a spectacular blaze before dawn on Feb. 19, 1982. The glow from the fire could be seen 40 miles away.
The university decided to keep the building's remaining skeleton as a reminder of what many considered Huntsville's most beautiful building. Atop the main hill in the middle of the school (which friends and I used to play on as kids), the foundation and partial walls still stand, complete with soot markings and small brick fragments.
After viewing the building's remains, take a walk through the rest of the tree-shaded campus, starting with the Austin Building next to the ruins -- which now houses the university's administration.
African American Culture in Huntsville
I want to point out that VT lead me to this very interesting Part of Huntsville -- u see I read all the VT post before I went as I normally do and Mikes post and his writing about his face on the wall well that was so cool.
Mike's face VT Post
Part of my pilgrimage to Huntsville is really a pilgrimage into the rich culture and history of the African American community in this part of Texas including the rich culinary history that is Texas BBQ. For the visitor Huntsville is a wonderful place to have a look at the rich part of our culture that is America - a blend of world cultures that has from the very beginning had a huge influence from Americans of African heritage.
In photo you can see the The Dreamer a sculpture done in 1995. The sculpture is located on the grounds of the Samuel W. Houston secondary school, named for Samuel Walker Houston (1864-1945) well know African-American educator and civil rights pioneer.
The Samuel Walker Houston school building now serves the community of Huntsville, Texas as the Samuel Walker Houston Cultural Center. This takes me to Huntsville's very own Samuel Walker Houston His mother was a slave owned by the Houston Family he went on to become a prominent African-American pioneer in the field of education. Samuel W. Houston founded the Galilee Community School in 1907, which later became known as the Houstonian Normal and Industrial Institute. Samuel Walker Houstons father was Joshua Houston, who was a slave “owned” initially by Houston's second wife and after the Civil War Joshua became a politician in Huntsville.
Below in the website is a video of the Huntsville prison work camp music -- wonderful African American Folk
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