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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 old community aka "The Flats".

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  September 25 Happy Birthday Forrest L. Craig
  September 26 Happy Birthday Yvette Jones
  September 27 Happy birthday Rashida Branch
  September 27 Happy Birthday Curtis Jones III
  September 27 Happy Birthday Edith Hughes
  October 8 Happy Birthday Lavella Keeling (Wilson)
  October 11 Dorothy Sims (Miller)
  October 12 Lucky's Birthday
  October 12 Happy Birthday Erwin Bernell Craig!!!
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 The B. T. W. Gazette newsletter # 84
                                       THE B.T.W. GAZETTE 
                                   Home of the BTW Dragons 
                                          and the Dragonets
VOLUME NO. 84                                                   SEPTEMBER 2017

                      Borger's Booker T. Washington school 
                 Historical Marker Dedicated on June 14, 2013 
                                      September 23, 2017
             Final notice that the Borger BTW website is closing
I posted the message below on May 24, 2017 concerning the closing of this website. Today is the last day for the site (see details below). All FamilyLobby websites will close tomorrow September 24, 2017. 
I wish to thank each one of you again for your visits to the site during the past 8+ years. You made the site a success with your 1,447,818 visits to date.
I will re-open the BTW website soon. For further information you may copy and paste the following link to Mr. Thomas Wilson's BTW facebook page:
Or you may contact me at  
Thanks again for your support.
BTW Site Administrator Forrest L. Craig
                                      Notice May 24, 2017 
                        Borger BTW School website closing 
It is with deep regrets that I have to report the following: We received notice from the FamilyLobby group yesterday that as of September 24, 2017 all FamilyLobby websites will close. The reason given is that the sites no longer generate enough income to maintain the cost of running them. 
We wish to express our appreciation to all of you who have supported the Borger Booker T. Washington (BTW) School website over the past 8+ years. We thank you for your 1,321,309 visits to date. 
We are in the process of securing all of the information from this website and searching for another company to re-establish the the BTW school website. If you are interested in being notified when the new BTW website will be back on line; please send your e-mail address to We will notify you as soon as the new site is up and running. 
Thanks again for your support. 
BTW Site Administrator Forrest L. Craig

                        Always remember September 11, 2001
.                                       September 4, 2017
                                         All Summer Long 
                                        BY CAROL FROST
            The dogs eat hoof slivers and lie under the porch.
       A strand of human hair hangs strangely from a fruit tree 
      like a cry in the throat. The sky is clay for the child who is 
    past being tired, who wanders in waist-deep grasses. Gnats 
           rise in a vapor, in a long mounting whine around her 
                                         forehead and ears. 
                    The sun is an indistinct moon. Frail sticks 
    of grass poke her ankles, and a wet froth of spiders touches 
   her legs like wet fingers. The musk and smell of air are as hot 
               as the savory terrible exhales from a tired horse. 
                        The parents are sleeping all afternoon, 
               and no one explains the long uneasy afternoons. 
            She hears their combined breathing and swallowing 
                  salivas, and sees their sides rising and falling 
                      like the sides of horses in the hot pasture. 
                        At evening a breeze dries and crumbles 
                    the sky and the clouds float like undershirts 
                    and cotton dresses on a clothesline. Horses 
                             rock to their feet and race or graze. 
                            Parents open their shutters and call 
                                  the lonely, happy child home. 
                   The child who hates silences talks and talks 
                           of cicadas and the manes of horses.
                  Borger, Texas City Council elects new mayor.
                                                                Mayor Marvin "Bubba" Dickson
Congratulations to Marvin Dickson on his recent promotion to Mayor of Borger, Texas. We wish the Mayor the best in his new position. Copy and paste the following link for this news story:

                                            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:
                                            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 shows 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: 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 it's free.

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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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The B. T. W. Gazette newsletter # 84
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Message from Mrs. Cofield
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Barack Obama; first black president of the USA.
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Momma Flossie's Down Home Recipes cook book.
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Forrest Craig - Mar 5
Happy birthday to the Borger, Texas Booker T. Washington School website. Today is it's 8th birthday. Thanks to everyone for your 1,239,040 plus visits as of today. Thanks for dropping by!
Forrest Craig - Jul 13, 2016
Thanks James Wilson!!
James Wilson - Jul 13, 2016
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, 2016

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.
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