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Welcome to Borger's Booker T. Washington School and Alumni website. Visit the photo galleries and enjoy remembering our old School, friends and families of the community. Welcome to "The Flats".

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  November 3 Happy birthday Juana Warren (Wilson)
  November 4 Happy Birthday I. W. Walker
  November 6 Happy Birthday James A. Hooks!!
  November 6 James' Birthday
  November 6 Happy birthday Levester Mae Webb (Young)
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 The B. T. W. Gazette newsletter # 74
The B. T. W. Gazette newsletter # 74 - Forrest Craig
                                       THE B.T.W. GAZETTE 
                                   Home of the BTW Dragons 
                                          and the Dragonets
VOLUME NO. 74                                                            SEPTEMBER - 
                                                                                        OCTOBER 2016 

                      Borger's Booker T. Washington school 
                 Historical Marker Dedicated on June 14, 2013 
                                    Mr. Thurman Oliver Hall
                          October 8, 1939 - October 10, 2016
I was informed this morning, October 12, 2016, by Mrs. Flossie Mae Washington-Hall of Pittsburg, California that her brother Mr. Thurman Oliver Hall of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on October 10, 2016. 
Flossie said that she will let me know later when the funeral will be. Thurman is an alumnus of Borger's Booker T. Washington (BTW) and Borger High schools.
The thoughts and prayers of the BTW Alumni go out to Thurman's family. May the Lord get us all through these difficult times and keep us in his protective care, RIP Thurman.
                                           October 14, 2016
Mrs. Flossie Mae Washington-Hall informed me today that her brother Mr. Thurman Hall's funeral will take place on October 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm in Las Vegas. She will give me the location later at which time I will post
                                           October 15, 2016
I spoke with Mrs. Flossie Mae Washington-Hall today concerning her brother Thurman's funeral. She said that the time for his funeral has changed to 11:00 am on October 22, 2016. The location is, Victory Baptist Church, 500 West Monroe Ave. Las Vegas, Nevada 89106. Viewing will take place at the church on October 21, 2016 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. You may contact Bunkers Edendale Mortuary at (702) 385-1441 for information concerning sending flowers. Cards may be sent to 1983 Cardiff Drive; Pittsburg, California 94565-4049. The address for the mortuary is 925 Las Vegas Blvd North 89101.
                                       October 10, 2016
                                     September 11, 2016                 
                                           Never forget
                                    September 5, 2016                               
                                             June 6, 2016
                                       Notice for the 2017
                     Booker T. Washington School Reunion
I received a message today from Mrs. Georgia Sauls Hughes concerning the 2017 BTW School reunion. She asked me to post the following information in The BTW Gazette newsletter: She said that the dates for the 2017 Booker T. Washington School reunion are June 9 & 10, 2017 and she asked us to mark our calendars.  
         The 2017 Borger Booker T. Washington School Reunion 
                                              May 26, 2016 
At our 2015 Booker T. Washington (BTW) School reunion we voted to continue having the reunions in Borger. Well it’s time for us to start planning for the 2017 reunion because we have about 12 months before it’s that time again. 
I've noticed that In recent years when I start planning to attend a BTW reunion, I immediately start to think about how it won’t be the same without those BTW Dragons/Dragonets, and teaching staff who are no longer with us. I have to quickly check myself and remember the main purpose for having reunions of the past and future is to celebrate the history of Borger’s Booker T. Washington School, the Alumni, an opportunity for us to contribute to the scholarship fund and to remember the old African American community in Borger, Texas. 
This event also offers an opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth while we are at it. 
I feel that those BTW Dragons/Dragonets, BTW teachers and members of the old community who are no longer here would want us to continue celebrating our history. As long as the Lord blesses us with health that will allow us to travel, we plan to be in attendance. 
With that being said, we would like to encourage everyone to come on out and join the 2017 BTW reunion celebration. We’ll probably start hearing from the BTW Reunion Committee soon. I’m sure there will be enough on the agenda to keep us plenty busy for those two or three days in June. We are looking forward to seeing every one in 12 months in Borger if it’s the Lord’s will. 
                                            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. 
Click on the following link to go to Thom's page:
                                ROSEBUD MARKETING GROUP
                                           September 21, 2016 
The holidays are coming so check out Borger's BTW Alumnus/Dragon Mr. Thomas and his wife Mrs. Mary Wilson's store for gift ideas. 
"ROSEBUD MARKETING GROUP 323.667.1985 We've gone GREEN........... your complete source for recycled and organic products"!
                                            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. 
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 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 at the following e-mail address for more information:
                                       NOTICE March 10, 2014 
Copy the following link (the familylobby link) and save it in case you are unable to enter the Borger BTW school website at the link listed at the bottom; we recommend the use of the familylobby link at all times: ;
The following link will not always take you to the BTW website; use the above link should that happen: Thanks, 
We're having a membership drive for this site! Place membership now.

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2013 BTW Reunion

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February 24, 1991 Interview with Mr. R. G. Cofield

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BTW Reunion 6/19/2009

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Barack Obama; first black president of the USA.
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Forrest Craig - Jul 13
Thanks James Wilson!!
James Wilson - Jul 13
WOW now thats impressive 1,000,000 visits to a site for a small black school in Texas. keep visiting the site. good job Forrest
Forrest Craig - May 26

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. 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.

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