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4/27/04-Smith County

Tyler Barber College Gets Historical Marker

It's a place where hundreds of African Americans learned a valuable trade and now it will be remembered forever. A historical marker was unveiled at 212 Erwin St. in Tyler Tuesday.

The marker will honor the location of what was once the home to Morgan Barber College. Tylerite Henry Miller Morgan started the college back in 1934. At the time it was the only black barber college in the country.

The Morgan College helped start a chain of other black barber colleges.

James Smith, who is the Executive President of the Texas Association of Tonsorial Artists, a black barbers organization, said the marker is an important step.

"For an African Americans, in America, to come and have a historical marker in Tyler, Texas... I get great pleasure when I think about that."

Getting the marker in downtown Tyler was a joint effort between the Texas Association of Tonsorial Artists, and the Smith County Historical Society. The building where the marker will be placed is now occupied by Nix Bail Bonds.

Chris Gibson, reporting
cgibson@kltv.com

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