The Long Black Line continues through those who keep its legacy alive via their involvement in this project. Whether it is through historical preservation, education, or participation, the following institutions have done their part to keep the story of Mt. Union alive. Though it is one community’s struggle from poverty to progress, it is also a story that every American Family can relate too. It is an insight into our past that truly portrays how we as Americans continually strive towards progress. The Long Black Line is each and all of us.

Each of these institutions has participated in resurrecting this important piece of American History.

They have made The Long Black Line our past, present, and future.


The is a 501c3 organization dedicated to preserving the story of these families and their teachers.

The aims:

  • to organize and promote the participation of institutions of learning and art in the preservation of this eras artifacts which would include restoring as many remaining schools as possible.
  • to fund teacher training programs which promote the principles of the organization.
  • to raise and coordinate funding of film projects, educational programs and literature that promotes an understanding of the principles of the organization.
The US Army plays a prominent role in the Long Black Line trilogy. For an African American in the 1940's and 1950's the career opportunities most open to a college graduates were in education and the military. After the Truman order integrating the military in 1948 thousands of black males became the first experiment in integration in America.
With a mission to improve the quality of life and enhance educational opportunities for African Americans, members of the 100 continue to serve as a strong force in the world by overcoming the cultural and financial obstacles that have limited the achievements of some African Americans, particularly young African American males. Members of the 100 have made outstanding progress, proving that Blacks can, and do, excel as corporate leaders, community leaders and as independent business owners.
Prairie View A&M University, the second oldest public institution of higher education in Texas, originated in the Texas Constitution of 1876. On August 14, 1876, the Texas Legislature established the "Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas for Colored Youths" and placed responsibility for its management with the Board of Directors of the Agricultural and Mechanical College at Bryan. The A&M College of Texas for Colored Youths opened at Prairie View, Texas on March 11, 1878.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation formed the Rosenwald Schools Initiative, calling together a task force of men and women with personal and professional expertise to devise a plan for the preservation of Rosenwald schools across the regions. That plan includes forming a national network of Rosenwald School preservation activists, and developing the tools—educational materials, networking and educational opportunities, and funding sources—for those activists to use in order to be successful.
Located in the East Texas Pineywoods and surrounded by lakes and tall pine trees, Jasper is known as the "jewel of the forest." We are a 3A school district and proud to be the home of the Jasper Bulldogs. We invite you to visit our schools and community.

The mission of the TIPHC is to collect, preserve, study, and make available research information, records, documents, artifacts, and other items relating to Texas history and culture.

The Institute places special emphasis on collecting, preserving, and studying the role and contributions of African Americans in Texas history and culture. This is an important mission because the documents, artifacts, and resources collected by the Institute will serve as the primary source materials for research on the black experience in Texas.

Making Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, while promoting excellence in children's nutrition, rural economic development and providing efficient and extraordinary service. That's why the people and programs of TDA are top-notch, goal-oriented and dedicated to Texas agriculture. With a global reach and a local focus, it's TDA's philosophy to stay one step ahead of today's changing technology, demographics and business opportunities, while keeping a steady eye on the future.
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