Charles H Atherton

Charles H Atherton

Birth
Kingston, Jamaica
Death 9 May 1928 (aged 64)
Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA
Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 17974196 · View Source
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Charles H. Atherton became the first principal of the Houston high school and he stayed in that position for twenty years. Thus he became a pioneer educator in Texas. The school is now known as Booker T. Washington High School and has celebrated its centennial.

Atherton first arrived in Texas in the 1880's after graduating from Mico College in his native land, Jamaica. Before becoming principal of Colored High School in 1893, Atherton was principal of an elementary school in Houston. It was known as the Third Ward School and Atherton served at its helm for at least five years before becoming principal of the high school.

The new high school was impressive. The two-story brick façade with basement cost $30,150 and was situated in the most prestigious community for Negroes in Houston, known as the Fourth Ward and located just west of downtown. And it was very near the pioneer Baptist church for Houston's African Americans, Antioch Baptist Church.

Atherton spent his entire life as an educator, including serving as dean and professor at Prairie View A & M College. Even in religion, Atherton was concerned with education. He was very active with the Methodist church and recruited many of his teachers from Wiley College and other Methodist colleges. He also headed the Olivewood Cemetery Association which operated the Methodist cemetery.


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  • Maintained by: Catahoula Hound
  • Originally Created by: Screwtape
  • Added: 18 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17974196
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles H Atherton (30 Nov 1863–9 May 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17974196, citing Olivewood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Catahoula Hound (contributor 47660788) .