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Samuel Walker Houston Memorial Museum & Cultural Center

Samuel Walker Houston
Huntsville was also the home of Samuel Walker Houston (1864-1945), a prominent African-American pioneer in the field of education. He was born into slavery on February 12, 1864 to Joshua Houston, a slave owned by Sam Houston. Samuel W. Houston founded the Galilee Community School in 1907, which later became known as the Houstonian Normal and Industrial Institute, in Walker County, Texas.

In 1995, on the grounds of the old Samuel W. Houston Elementary School, the Huntsville Independent School District, along with the Huntsville Arts Commission and the high school's Ex-Students Association, commissioned the creation of "The Dreamers", a monument to underscore the contributions made by the black community in the growth and development of Huntsville and Walker County.

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