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1/9/04 - Tyler

Texas College Celebrates 110th Anniversary

Texas College is 110 years old today. The historically black institution celebrated its anniversary by inviting community members and alumni to campus. The college was founded in 1894 by a group of Methodist Episcopal ministers. Tyler Mayor Joey Seeber declared today Texas College Day. And other East Texas leaders also attended the festivities. The college's President, Billy Hawkins, Ph.D., says one woman from the class of 1941 has been one of the most active alumni. Nicknamed "Mother Claybon," the 85-year-old sees a bright future for her alma mater.

"It feels really good," Lillie Claybon said. "I am so happy that I am living to see Texas College come back because we worked hard during my day to bring it to a certain point. And they had to have a struggle. And then to come back, it makes me feel very, very happy."

Hawkins says Texas College started with six students in 1894 and has expanded to more than 1,000 students this year.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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