ACU history department to conduct archeological
For Immediate Release
Nov. 15, 1999
Dr. Vernon Williams, Abilene Christian University history
professor, along with seven students, will conduct an
archeological expedition to Hamlin tomorrow, Nov. 16.
Oscar Depriest School is the subject of this expedition.
The school was built in 1940 to serve as the segregated
school for Hamlin first graders through high school
students. Students junior high and older were bused in to
the school daily. The school was last used for education
purposes in spring of 1965.
Lead by Williams, the students will perform a site survey
on the school. They will document historical information by
assessing the layout of the school, the current level of
decay and deterioration, the artifacts left behind, what
time has done to the building and how it was used. From
this assessment, they will generate an archive consisting of
photographs, maps and artifacts. The team also will
interview students and teachers from the school on site.
All seven students participating in this expedition are
enrolled in a "U.S. History, Since 1945" class at ACU.
According to Williams, this will be a valuable learning
experience for the students. They will learn how to conduct
a site survey, and the work relates to information they are
studying in class about civil rights and integration.
One of the students participating in the expedition is
Ree Titus. She was once a student at Oscar Depriest. She
expects to gain a better understanding of the culture that
existed at that time through this project. "I like to get
involved in understanding what has happened in the
Oscar Depriest is located 40 miles north of Abilene. To
join the team, contact Williams at 674-2150 or Tom Craig at
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